gopher snake


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gopher snake

go′pher snake`


n.
1. a bullsnake, Pituophis melanoleucus, that preys on small burrowing mammals.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gopher snake - large dark-blue nonvenomous snake that invades burrowsgopher snake - large dark-blue nonvenomous snake that invades burrows; found in southern North America and Mexico
colubrid, colubrid snake - mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes
Drymarchon corais couperi, eastern indigo snake - a variety of indigo snake
2.gopher snake - bull snake of western North America that invades rodent burrows
bull snake, bull-snake - any of several large harmless rodent-eating North American burrowing snakes
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My girls loved it when a red-tailed hawk dropped a live gopher snake within 15 feet of them while we were out hiking, and they were thrilled when a coyote passed their bedroom window with a squirming jackrabbit in its jaws.
I told him, and he exclaimed, "Oh, Strawberry Hill--that's a gopher snake for sure.
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).
I once foolishly ejected a gopher snake from my observatory, only to realize later that it kept the rodent population under control.
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.
Other nest-raiding snakes observed in the area included coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum), red-sided garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis), and gopher snake (Pituorihis catenifer).
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.