It doesn't rattle its tail," observed Sophia, who knows her snakes: The gopher snake
indeed mimics the rattlesnake as a defense mechanism, coiling and striking "quite theatrically" when threatened, Applegarth said.
In the presence of a gopher snake
, the squirrel's tail temperatures rose only 0.
Alternative perspectives on the diet of gopher snakes
(Pituophis catenifer, Colubridae): Literature records versus stomach contents of wild and museum specimens.
Eichholz and Koenig (1992) showed that both visual and chemical cues were used by gopher snakes
in finding nests of western bluebirds (Sialia mexicana) in artificial nestboxes.
Last week a beautiful four-foot gopher snake
became tangled in the netting I had over my pond while I was doing repairs.
NEWHALL - A four-foot gopher snake
dangling from the claws of a hawk Tuesday morning served as an electrical conductor - and the cause of a small brush fire in Newhall, a fire official said.
Photo: (1 -- ran in SAC edition only) A gopher snake
entrances youngsters during a visit from Placerita Canyon Nature Center educators.
He also had on display blotched lizards, a bull python, red-eyed tree frogs, oriental fire-bellied toads, bearded dragons and a Great Basin gopher snake
2--Color) (Ran in AV Edition only) Robert Lopez gets to know a gopher snake
at the Devils Punchbowl nature center.
Home ranges of gopher snakes
(Pituophis catenifer, Colubridae) in central California.
I've seen more rattlers, gopher snakes
and king snakes,'' he said.
Diller LV and Johnson DR: Food habits, consumption rates, and predation rates of western rattlesnakes and gopher snakes
in southwestern Idaho.
Instead, she used gopher snakes
, which don't inject venom but kill by constricting their prey.
Perhaps the most intriguing examples of range gaps are those of transcontinental and hence broadly adapted species like the ringneck and gopher snakes
and big brown bat (Manning et al.
, California King snakes and the Southern Pacific rattlesnakes are all common around Santa Clarita, nature experts said.