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<i>Bull Snake at Beaver Creek</i>
Gopher or Bull Snake, Pituophis melanoleucus: Racer Family. 48-100".
Common resident of AZ. When molested,
mimics a rattlesnake, but is not poisonous.
Told from rattlesnakes by narrow, tapering
(not triangular) head and lack of rattles.

Mainly diurnal, these cold-blooded snakes
often change their activity patterns to
become nocturnal during the intense heat
of desert summers. They may be observed
sunning on the rocks or drawing heat from
the pavement during the day to ready
themselves for active nights.

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happened with this snake.

June 11, 2008

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lcarreauRe: Good Catch!

lcarreau

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Anya, I didn't catch anything! The
snake acted like I wasn't even there.
It must be a Hollywood 'stunt' snake.
:))
Posted Jun 11, 2008 11:13 pm

rpclooks like a big boy.

rpc

Voted 10/10

yeah, nice shot Larry.
Posted Jun 11, 2008 10:07 pm

lcarreauRe: looks like a big boy.

lcarreau

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Mister Snake is a big boy. You folks are
way too kind. Shouldn't you be out
climbin' something? Thanks for visiting!:)
Posted Jun 11, 2008 11:09 pm

SoCalHikerVery nice shot!

SoCalHiker

Voted 10/10

Beautiful catch, Larry. I have never seen one in the wild. I came across rattlers more than enough but never a bull snake. Cheers.
Posted Jun 12, 2008 12:07 am

lcarreauRe: Very nice shot!

lcarreau

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Thanks, Guido! In the 'book,' it says
there's (5) subspecies of this snake in
California alone. They're also called
Pine Snakes.

Actually, my wife spotted this snake
first! She beat me home, and at
the time we were 75 miles from home!!
:)))
Posted Jun 12, 2008 12:22 am

Ejnar FjerdingstadGreat photo

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Voted 10/10

of this beautiful snake!
Posted Jun 12, 2008 11:38 am

lcarreauRe: Great photo

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Thank you, Ejnar! When I see these snakes
out in the open like this, I know that
summer is right around the corner!
Posted Jun 12, 2008 12:57 pm

OlympicMtnBoyOne scary lookin'

OlympicMtnBoy

Voted 10/10

A great capture! Having had a rattler glide by my leg once at Lake Shasta I have a slight aversion to large snakes. Thankfully the head on this one gives it away as non-toxic:) How big was this Bull Snake?
Posted Jun 29, 2013 11:51 pm

lcarreauRe: One scary lookin'

lcarreau

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Bigger than a snake should be allowed to be.

My wife encountered a rattler at Roosevelt
Lake, the one in Arizona.

This snake was interested only in crossing the
creek ... so it could get to the other side.
Posted Jun 29, 2013 11:59 pm

OlympicMtnBoyRe: One scary lookin'

OlympicMtnBoy

Voted 10/10

I wonder what was on the other side? ;)
Posted Jun 30, 2013 1:40 pm

lcarreauRe: One scary lookin'

lcarreau

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The Eternal Kingdom, of course!
Posted Jun 30, 2013 9:44 pm

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lcarreauSubmitted by lcarreau
on Jun 11, 2008 7:02 pm

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Lat/Lon: 34.66872°N / 111.6538°W
Object Title: Bull Snake at Beaver Creek

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