An Adult Great Basin Gopher Snake on the Pacific Crest Trail

By Gloria Siess

A Refreshing Surprise!

 While Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at Cushenberry (Big Bear, California) my partner and I encountered an adult Great Basin Gopher Snake.  It appeared to measure nearly 4' in length, with an impressive thick body. Like all snakes of this species, it went into an orchestra of sound effects to frighten us away. It huffed and puffed and nearly blew the trail down with its theatrics. This is a harmless, non-toxic reptile, with a gorgeous pattern and coloration as pictured.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

So beautiful!. And what a shot - with the mouth open. Great stuff. I will bookmark it because I have to share it with my son and daughter-in-love.

Thanks so much!

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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

O, thank you--we had a zoom scope on the camera. The snake has a gentle looking face, despite the hissing!

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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

Wonderful specimen GarnetBird! I always like to see species I'm not familiar with. These snakes have very beautiful camouflage markings. Thanks for notifying me of your hub. Very interesting creature and great photos. Keep it up!


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

It has a nice smile doesn't it? Haha! It almost looks like its ready for its "close up, Mr. Demille"..a la Sunset Blvd.

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TrapGopher 3 years ago

Interesting information. Well done on the pictures.

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GarnetBird 3 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank you!! I just took a photo of a California Striped Racer. Perhaps I'll write a little Hub about it, as it is such a useful snake.

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