Neighborhood Friend

25 04 2009

My wife found this guy on the neighbor’s driveway.  Living on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest adds a bit of excitement now and then.  Snakes, coyotes, bobcats and the occasional mule deer all make their way into the neighborhood regularly.  I am almost certain it is a San Diego Gopher Snake (pituofis catenifer annectens).   The coloration is darker than Sonoran Gopher Snakes (pituofis catenifer affinis) which also occur in eastern Riverside County.  We also live on the side of a chapparral-covered mountain just at the foothill grassline, while affinis sticks to deserts.

 

 San Diego Gopher Snake (pituofis catenifer annectens)

San Diego Gopher Snake (pituofis catenifer annectens)

For a great website on California snakes, go here.

UPDATE:  You can click on the pic now for a bigger version in a new window.  You can see the coloration and markings better.


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26 04 2009
The Envirocapitalist

Great coloration on that snake, what size was it. looked big

26 04 2009
greatwhitehunter

He looked about three and a half to four feet. Pretty good size snake. Really beautiful, and I can see how some people mistake these for rattlers.

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