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Pacific Gopher Snake

(Pituophis catenifer cateniferis

Description:

Ranges from 2'-7' in length. Patterns vary, but colors range from black/brown to grey with yellow-white alternating spots or stripes. This specimen was approx. 6' long and had no banding pattern on the ventral side, typical of gopher snakes. They are non-venomous, and eat mainly small mammals, birds, eggs, and sometimes even bats.

Habitat:

They prefer grassy areas, meadows, fields, farmland where prey is abundant.

Notes:

We found this specimen basking in the road, we picked him/her up and relocated it away from danger :)

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Spokane, Washington, USA

Spotted on Aug 24, 2012
Submitted on Nov 14, 2012

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