Pituophis catenifer sayi
Bullsnakes average about 6 feet (1.8 m) in length, and specimens of up to 8 feet 4 inches (2.5 m) have been recorded. Adult specimens have been weighed from 1–3.6 kg (2.2–7.9 lb), though the heaviest known specimens can attain 4.5 kg (9.9 lb). This makes the bullsnake among the largest snakes native to the United States, although it is generally not as long as indigo snakes nor as heavy or as large in diameter as rattlesnakes. They are usually yellow in color, with brown, black or sometimes reddish colored blotching. The blotching pattern is as follows: large blotches on top, three sets of spots on the sides, and bands of black on the tail. Many color variations have been found, including albinos and white varieties. A scale count is required to distinguish juvenile bullsnakes from juvenile gopher snakes.
Bullsnakes can be found throughout the central United States, northern Mexico, and southwestern Saskatchewan and Alberta Canada. This includes the U.S. states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.
Lat: 39.99, Long: -105.06
Spotted on Jun 24, 2011
Submitted on Jun 24, 2012