Thursday, March 19, 2009

Gopher Snake on Corralitas Drive

Upon reading the subject line, "Snake on Corralitas," in an email from a neighbor, I thought, "Don't these developers ever learn?" But I was pleasantly surprised to see a photo of a beautiful 3-ft long gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer).

My neighbor found the snake in the cul-de-sac atop Corralitas Drive. Gopher snakes are not poisonous. They eat gophers, rats and mice. You often see small snakes that have been hit by cars in the street at this time of year. They crawl out onto the street to warm up in the morning. has a good photo index and info on native snakes and other reptiles. Also see last year's: "Snake vs Hawk."

Photo: Benjamin Harvey, March 18, 2009. Gopher snake at the top of Corralitas Drive.

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