Pacific Gopher Snake

The scientific name for the Pacific Gopher Snake is Pituophis Catenifer Catenifer. They are from the family Colubridae and can be found living wild in California and Oregon and other places near there.

Pacific Gopher Snakes can reach a length of 4 to 5 feet and sometimes 7 feet and live up to 20 years. They eat small mammals such as gophers, birds and rodents.
In terms of appearance they are a light mottle-brownish colours with a zigzag pattern of darker blotches covering their body.

Pacific Gopher Snakes can have an unpredictable temperament, and can sometimes lash out at you unawares, so if you are thinking of getting your first ever pet snake, I wouldn’t recommend this species.

These snakes are often mistaken for rattlesnakes which are venomous. Pacific Gopher Snakes are not poisonous.

May 9, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · 4 Comments
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4 Responses

  1. Wild Jack - May 27, 2010

    Are pacific gopher snakes dangerous?

  2. Mad (Admin) - May 27, 2010

    Pacific Gopher Snakes do have a tendency to lash out for no apparent reason and have an unpredictable nature. Of course this varies form individual to individual.

  3. fionah - June 24, 2010

    Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  4. Margaux - August 20, 2010

    nice post. thanks.