Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Gopher snake

1 Species ID Suggestions

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago
Gopher Snake
Pituophis catenifer Pituophis catenifer


Sign in to suggest organism ID

1 Comment

KatHulaParks
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.

wolfpack.guzman
Spotted by
wolfpack.guzman

Ventura, California, USA

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

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team