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Pituophis catenifer annectens
This native Gopher Snake was tan with dark brown splotches on the top and sides. It was about 4 ft long and was spotted early one morning all knotted up in garden/bird netting. This series shown in reverse order documents what could have been a long and torturous death for this beneficial and beautiful snake. The snake was tired and had clearly worked hard to get out of the netting which was compressing its head and body. I cut the netting away slowly and carefully which took almost 10 minutes. I then carefully held the snake to warm it before releasing it. Video links in notes.
Caught in garden/bird netting in a residential yard surrounded by Chaparral. This subspecies is found along the western coast of Southern California, down to northern Baja California. It thrives in grassland, sage scrub, woodland, chaparral, riparian, mountain and coastal habitats.
Spotted on May 13, 2017
Submitted on May 31, 2019
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