Pacific Gopher Snake

Pituophis catenifer catenifer

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Pituophis catenifer is a species of nonvenomous colubrid snake endemic to North America. Six subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominotypical subspecies, Pituophis catenifer catenifer, described here. This snake is often mistaken for a diamondback rattlesnake but can be easily distinguished from a rattlesnake by the lack of black and white banding on its tail, and by the shape of its head which is narrower than a rattlesnake's.

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  1. (c) Jill Matsuyama, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), http://www.flickr.com/photos/48496790@N00/3474334258
  2. (c) Gary Nafis, all rights reserved, uploaded by nataliemarisa, http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/images/pccateniferkc506head.jpg
  3. (c) Gary Nafis, all rights reserved, uploaded by nataliemarisa, http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/images/pccatenifercc310.jpg
  4. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pituophis_catenifer_catenifer

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