The gopher snake is a nonvenomous constrictor native to North America. The gopher snake is one of the most widespread snakes in North America. Its range extends from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans, as far north as southern Canada, and as far south as Veracruz and southern Sinaloa, Mexico, including Baja California.

These species range from 4 to 9 feet long. They are usually yellowish or pale brown, though the gopher snake at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is albino and is yellow with red markings.

Did You Know?
The gopher snake is often mistaken as a rattlesnake due to similar coloration and its defensive behavior when threatened. A frightened gopher snake will flatten its head, hiss loudly, and shake its tail rapidly, doing a very convincing rattlesnake imitation.

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Genus: Pituophis
  • Species: Pituophis catenifer
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