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Gopher snake

1 Species ID Suggestions

AshleyT 8 years ago
Gopher Snake
Pituophis catenifer Pituophis catenifer

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1 Comment

KatHulaParks 8 years ago

I agree with the ID of Pituophis catenifer, Gopher Snake. They are excellent Rattlesnake Mimics, and can flatten their head to make it look more triangular. Then they rattle/shake their tail, so if it's in small rocks or leaf litter, it almost sounds like a rattlesnake. If that doesn't work, they can hiss quite loudly, both during the inhale and the exhale, for a nearly constant sound. Most are laid back, and won't bite without a few warning headbutts and the aforementioned hissing. The Sonoran subspecies (P. c. Affinis) can get up to 92", though most found are 48" - 60" long.

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Ventura, California, USA

Spotted on Dec 31, 2012
Submitted on Jan 11, 2013

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