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Gopher Snake


This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Pituophis catenifer

History at CuriOdyssey

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.

Date of Birth

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

Fun Facts about Gopher Snakes

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.

What do Gopher Snakes eat?

In the wild, Gopher Snakes eat small mammals, birds and their eggs. At CuriOdyssey, they are served mice and small rats.

How long do they Gopher Snakes live?

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

Where do Gopher Snakes live?

Gopher Snakes live in pine forests to treeless prairies to rocky deserts, grasslands, prairies, and coastal dunes. Their range extends Southern Canada, western and central U.S. and into Mexico.

Are Gopher Snakes endangered?

Their wildlife conservation status is stable because of their ability to live in close proximity with humans.

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Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.


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