<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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lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 11, 2008 11:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Good Catch!

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

rpc

rpc - Jun 11, 2008 10:07 pm - Voted 10/10

looks like a big boy.

yeah, nice shot Larry.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 11, 2008 11:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: looks like a big boy.

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

SoCalHiker

SoCalHiker - Jun 12, 2008 12:07 am - Voted 10/10

Very nice shot!

Beautiful catch, Larry. I have never seen one in the wild. I came across rattlers more than enough but never a bull snake. Cheers.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 12, 2008 12:22 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice shot!

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!!
:)))

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Jun 12, 2008 11:38 am - Voted 10/10

Great photo

of this beautiful snake!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 12, 2008 12:57 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great photo

Thank you, Ejnar! When I see these snakes
out in the open like this, I know that
summer is right around the corner!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 29, 2013 11:59 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: One scary lookin'

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.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 30, 2013 9:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: One scary lookin'

The Eternal Kingdom, of course!

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