are good at sneaking up on their prey.
Over in the celebration's Animal Kingdom, Springfield resident Sophia Hart, 7, held a gopher snake
at the Oregon Herpetological Society Tent.
In contrast, the ground squirrel tails didn't warm appreciably during similar taunting of a gopher snake
In another case a gopher snake
(Pituophis melanoleucas) was stretched out next to a fresh gopher mound, with its nose and about 15 cm of its body burrowed into the mound.
Variation in diet between subspecies was found in the northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) by King (1993) and the gopher snake
(Pituophis catenifer) by Rodriguez- Robles (1998).
Other nest-raiding snakes observed in the area included coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum), red-sided garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis), and gopher snake
The animals on display also included a barn owl, great horned owl, a gopher snake
, an opossum, a gray fox, a red-tailed hawk, and a skunk who was hidden in a barbecue.
Participants received free plants, bags of pamphlets, and were offered the chance to hold a gopher snake
, courtesy of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.
Wildlife Waystation volunteer Melissa Fonteboa explains how the gopher snake
she is holding differs from a rattlesnake.
He previously touched a gopher snake
and a dead rattler.
The gopher snake
, like all indigenous snakes, does an excellent job of reducing the entire rodent population.
NEWHALL - A 4-foot-long gopher snake
dangling from the claws of a hawk Tuesday morning served as an electrical conductor - and the cause of a small brush fire in Newhall, a fire official said.