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The Great Basin Gopher Snake/a GREAT comedian!!

Updated on March 13, 2010

The Great Basin Gopher Snake of California

This lovely snake sounded like a wheezing accordian in its efforts to scare us away.
This lovely snake sounded like a wheezing accordian in its efforts to scare us away.
It coiled beautifully.
It coiled beautifully.
After a few photos it went gracefully away.
After a few photos it went gracefully away.

A real side show! A Wheezing Snake!

     Have you ever come across a Snake Side Show? I crossed paths with this Great Basin Gopher Snake in Big Bear, California. It made a ferocious wheezing sound in its efforts to scare me away. As you probably know, this is a nonpoisonous snake, and a very beneficial member of the wildlife community. When I gently touched its tail, it coiled in indignation. (The things I go through for a good photo!)

     This snake is harmless and lives on small mammals; its range extends into parts of Inyo County and even parts of Idaho and Colorado. It's a TRAGEDY to kill these reptiles as they are never venonmous and are very useful, beautiful members of the wildlife system.

      I would not advise touching a reptile; I was raised around many snakes on a ranch and know the difference between venomous and non-venomous denizens. For those of you who do not know the difference, stay away and stay safe.

     .{These photos are courtesy of J. Siess and are protected by copyright laws).

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Interesting creature! Enjoyed the read.

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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Northern California

      THANK you--I love wildlife and this snake was a delight to watch!

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