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Pacific gopher snake

Pituophis catenifer catenifer


Pacific gopher snake adults range in size from 2.5-7 feet (76-213 cm) in total length. However, most of the subspecies reach a length of 4.5-5 feet (137-152 cm). The hatchlings are relatively long, and they have been recorded at lengths upward of 20 inches (51 cm).


The Pacific gopher snake ranges up and down the West Coast of the United States, its range ending in the southern coast of California. Gopher snakes are rarely seen above 2000 feet and are most commonly seen adjacent to farms in semi-arid brushy areas. The Pacific gopher snake can also be found in southern British Columbia and Alberta, and in Mexico.


While hiking along one of the paths in Wilder Ranch State Park we noticed the organism along the path.

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California, USA

Spotted on Apr 29, 2014
Submitted on Oct 7, 2014

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