Photo 1348, (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)

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What

pacific gopher snake Pituophis catenifer ssp. catenifer

Observer

kueda

Date

May 19, 2006 12:38 PM PDT

Description

Pacific gopher snakes (Pituophis catenifer catenifer) get real defensive when they feel threatened. They basically behave like rattlesnakes, flattening their head, coiling back, striking a lot, and vibrating the tip of their tail, which makes a rattling noise against dry leaves. They make a loud, aggressive hiss. I'm not sure, but they may have some kind of anticoagulent in their saliva, because their bites tend to bleed a lot. Something to investigate...

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