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