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Photo © Chris Cook, all rights reserved
Leona Heights Park, Oakland, CA, US (Google, OSM)
37.7912664545, -122.172324963
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I was looking through an old garbage pile when I came across this fairly large sized gopher snake. Snatched it up and brought it up the hill a bit to show my buddies. They were amazed, but I spied a group of young teenagers in a group of cars nearby smoking and necking and doing things that young teens do. I walked up to them and asked "Hey, guys do you wanna see somethin' cool?"

"Yeah, what is it?"

"This snake!"

The looks and reactions were priceless, but once everyone calmed down it turned into a bit of a naturalist interpretive moment. Almost all of the kids were totally unware that there were snakes living so close to their homes. The snake was returned to it's rightful home under the garbage heap and teenagers learned about snakes and to exercise a caution when encountering a stranger asking them if they want to see something cool.

Apr. 30, 2012 10:23:42 -0700
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Gopher Snake - Photo (c) J. N. Stuart, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
greenrosettas's ID: Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
Posted by greenrosettas about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Gopher Snake - Photo (c) J. N. Stuart, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
kueda's ID: Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
Posted by kueda about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Gopher Snake - Photo (c) J. N. Stuart, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
sea-kangaroo's ID: Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
Posted by sea-kangaroo about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Gopher Snake - Photo (c) J. N. Stuart, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
nickdwaters's ID: Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
Posted by nickdwaters almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Gopher Snake - Photo (c) J. N. Stuart, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
greenrosettas's ID: Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
Gopher Snake - Photo (c) J. N. Stuart, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
Community ID: Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
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