Snake Identification

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Snake Identification
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By SB Kat

Can your readers identify this snake I came across in my yard? It's about 3/4 to an inch in diameter and was partially emerged from a gopher or squirrel hole so I couldn't see his entire body. I have chickens and pets so I would like to know.

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pii Jun 03, 2018 10:04 AM
Snake Identification

Pituophis catenifer. There are 5 subspecies in California. This one is the San Diego Gopher Snake. Bullsnake is considered a subspecies of Gopher Snake and found east of California, in the Great Plains and central United States.

Flicka Jun 03, 2018 09:06 AM
Snake Identification

My son used to bring them in the house. When he had 2 I had to help take them out of their cage and we'd "exercise" them. We kept them no longer than a week and turned them outside to freedom.

mtndriver Jun 03, 2018 08:28 AM
Snake Identification

Looks like that one just shed its skin, beautiful. Love seeing them in the garden, taking care of the pesky critters, of which we have thousands.

Takane Jun 03, 2018 07:42 AM
Snake Identification

Gopher Snake/Bull Sake. A good snake to have in your yard, as the name implies, they eat gophers. Harmless to people and make good pets.

a-1575967805 Jun 03, 2018 02:36 AM
Snake Identification

Just be aware that Gopher snakes can make their heads look triangular/rattlesnakish. It's a defense mechanism. Don't harm a snake just because you think it's a rattler. Snakes are a good thing, no matter their venemous or non-venemous makeup. Let them be and they will go about their business of being nature's rodent control. Lucky you, OP, to have this snake on the job in your yard.

MountainMan4865 Jun 02, 2018 02:23 PM
Snake Identification

We had a 3-4' gopher snake in our chicken run for about a week. Everyone minded their own business, but the chickens would have dealt with it if it was a problem. The ground squirrels and gophers had made their way in there, too, so I figured that was what it was looking for. Haven't seen it in a bit, so I think it mosied on out. Rattlesnakes have a triangular shaped head. Gopher snakes' are narrow. They will 'rattle' their tails in leaves to mimic a rattlesnake if they feel threatened.

mattyboy Jun 02, 2018 02:10 PM
Snake Identification

Gopher snake. Used to pick them up as a kid all the time. They will bite and can even constrict pretty good...at least to a kid :)

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