Gopher Snakes
  • found in a wide variety of habitats including desert flats, coastal dunes and coniferous forests, but prefer grasslands and open brush areas
  • usually between 36 and 96 inches long
  • range in color from cream-yellow to green-gray to tan, with large black, brown or reddish blotches on their back and smaller ones along their sides
  • Slow-moving
  • investigates burrows, rocky crevices and even climbs trees in search of prey
  • hunt small rodents, young rabbits, lizards, birds and occasionally other snakes
  • usually use their smell to hunt
  • Prey is killed by constriction and suffocation.
  • Has an enlarged scale on the tip of its nose for burrowing
  • Often become nocturnal in intense heat of summer
  • Can become prey to hawks, kit foxes, or coyotes
  • Hibernate in winter, sometimes sharing the den with rattlesnakes, whipsnakes, or racers