The snake was crossing a dirt, ranch road in a relatively open area (25-30% brush cover). Mesquite dominated brush mottes (2-3 meters tall) were interspersed throughout a 200-300 acre area. Grasses, such as Kleberg bluestem, Hall's panicum, and buffalograss, dominated the areas between mottes.
The snake was crossing a dirt, ranch road. The surrounding community was a mixed brush community with little herbaceous cover, aside from the Kleberg bluestem surrounding each prickly pear clump. Common brush species included blackbrush, granjeno, persimmon, desert yaupon, armargosa, and brasil.
The snake was underneath a large huische tree growing in a low area. Kleberg bluestem, bermuda grass, mexican hat and plains bristlegrass dominated the surrounding area. The snake retreated to the east of its original location and took refuge in a mixed brush community dominated by armargosa, granjeno, mesquite, huisache and prickly pear.
Large specimen, 6+ ft., gorgeous,
DOR adult male on FM 2050. GTS 1263 (Salmon, Criglow and Skubowius). UTA-R 60259. Map point is approximate.
Adult male AOR on Pandale Dirt Road. Imaged only. GTS 600. UTA-DC 7238.
About 4 feet long, with a slight green tint to its skin. The snake just lay there on the road, only sticking its tongue out when I got closer. It had light brownish green scales with darker oval patterns. The patterns turned to rings as they near its tail.
The bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) is a large nonvenomous colubrid snake endemic to the central United States, northern Mexico, and southwestern Canada. It is currently considered a subspecies of the gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer).