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 explained that it looked like a rattlesnake to me, but he brushed this aside--after all, who's the expert here?--and asked, "Where are you located?" 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. This predator doesn't have infrared sensors.
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.
I once foolishly ejected a gopher snake from my observatory, only to realize later that it kept the rodent population under control.
Photo: How slimy is a gopher snake? Refuge naturalist lets you feel
Large, yellow-brown, dark-blotched species such as bull and gopher snakes commonly appear around quiet, open country houses.
(6.) Diller LV and Johnson DR: Food habits, consumption rates, and predation rates of western rattlesnakes and gopher snakes in southwestern Idaho.
Ground squirrels serve as prey for a large diversity of predators including raptors (prairie falcons, ferruginous hawks, red-tailed hawks, goshawks, Cooper's hawks, and others), ravens, carnivores (badgers, coyotes, long-tailed weasels), and snakes (western rattlesnakes and gopher snakes) (Yensen et al., 1992).
Alternative perspectives on the diet of gopher snakes (Pituophis catenifer, Colubridae): Literature records versus stomach contents of wild and museum specimens.