Animals

Gopher Snake

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Gopher Snake

Pituophis catenifer

History

One snake was donated by a private citizen. The second snake was found in a commercial building at Port of San Francisco and donated to CuriOdyssey in October 2007.

Fun Facts

The nickname “gopher” is frequently applied to snakes that feed on rodents. Gopher snakes are known for keeping rodent populations under control in agricultural areas.

If annoyed, gopher snakes will assume a strike pose, vibrate their tail rapidly, and hiss loudly- imitating a rattlesnake.

Birth Date

One snake was born Spring 2000. The second snake was born 2007.

Diet in the Wild

Small mammals, birds and their eggs.

Diet at the Museum

Mice and small rats.

Life Span

In the Wild: 10-15 years.
In Captivity: 15-20 years.

Habitat

Pine forests to treeless prairies to rocky deserts, grasslands, prairies, and coastal dunes.

Range

Southern Canada, western and central U.S. and into Mexico.

Conservation Status:

Status is stable because of their ability to live in close proximity with humans.