Snake ID

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Ran into this snake in Elings park. I think it's a pacific gopher snake, but not sure. Does anyone know?

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A Little Birdy Apr 13, 2021 02:00 PM
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Correct, that's a gopher snake. According to California Herps website, this would most likely be a San Diego gophersnake.

http://www.californiaherps.com/identification/snakesid/gophersnakes.id.html

SantaGnarbara Apr 13, 2021 02:24 PM
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thanks!

chico berkeley Apr 13, 2021 02:17 PM
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Beauty.

d8vanilla Apr 13, 2021 03:13 PM
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I agree also, with "A LITTLE BIRDY" looks like a Gopher Snake.... gotta love those Gopher Snakes !!! I guess, the clue, would be if you hear the RATTLE at the end of their tail, then it's a Rattle Snake.

SB_Dongs Apr 13, 2021 03:50 PM
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Yup just a gopher snake, the only venomous or "dangerous" snake in SB and CA for that matter is the family of rattlesnakes. We have Crotalus Helleri aka Southern Pacifics here and the further north you go into the county we have an integrade with Crotalus Oreganus the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake. So in short, if it doesn't have a rattle and a big triangular head with vertical slit pupils it's totally safe. Rattlesnakes are also extremely important to the ecosystem and should never be feared, if given plenty of space there is no risk so just leave them be and if they're at your home there are local people who will safely relocate and not kill them!

Minibeast Apr 13, 2021 04:07 PM
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Everyone should be aware that Gopher snakes, when alarmed, may often mimic a Rattlesnake. Gopher snakes ---- when on high alert---- will coil, "rattle" their tail and flatten their heads to mimic the triangular shape of a Rattler's head.-------https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-VvXT-2I1I

LCP112233 Apr 13, 2021 04:31 PM
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Gopher snake. They make great pets.

JB86 Apr 13, 2021 06:40 PM
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Yup, Gopher Snake, AKA 'Bull Snake.' Not venomous, beneficial in rodent control. A good snake.

toot Apr 14, 2021 08:41 AM
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Hoop Snake. You don't really see them around here much. Not indigenous to these parts.

CreekMoe Apr 14, 2021 08:46 AM
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Wow! City should plant more snakes to control the gophers. Or set up owls in
the trees above the gopher digs? But i never have seen a snake in Santa Barbara City. Or it is like Ireland? And snakes not able to cross the 101...

So the gopher snake at the park must have been a pet?

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