Thursday, October 04, 2007

Gopher Snake

Gopher Snake
Originally uploaded by Facility Bike Club.
We saw this Gopher Snake on today's ride. I think Jon accidentally ran over it...the tracks seem to go where the poor guy's neck is. He appeared to be ok though.

I couldn't figure out if it was a Gopher Snake or a Bull Snake. But after researching this particular conundrum, I found that these two species are one in the same. So pick your favorite name!

Gopher snakes have a great defense. They look a lot like rattlesnakes at first glance. It takes a few seconds to examine the head and tail before you're confident that you're not in any danger. And by that time, the snake has usually crawled off into the bushes.


Tim said...

One more reason I'm happy to live in Alaska: NO FREAKING SNAKES!

oldmanandhisbike said...

Snakes? I ain't afraida no snakes!
Well, I am a little, so could you round them up and have them "stored" some where while we're there?
I would really appreciate it.