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Picture of the Day - Gopher Snake


Last updated 9/30/2015 at 9:24am

Rosemary Fey

Gopher snakes belong to the Colubridae family, measure between 36 and 96 inches long, and range in color from cream-yellow to tan, with black, brown or reddish blotches on their back. These cold-blooded reptiles made all four deserts in Southwest U.S. their habitat. They can also be found in coastal dunes and coniferous forests, among others. These slow-moving snakes can climb trees to search for unsuspecting preys. They eat small rodents, young rabbits (refer to picture), lizards, birds, and sometimes go for other snakes. They kill their prey by constriction and suffocation. While in danger, the snake coils up, vibrates its tail and hisses as a warning. Don't be alarmed when you see one, unless you suffer from ophidiophobia, in which case run for your life; these animals are non-venomous.

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