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The San Diego Gopher Snake: a Photo Study

Updated on May 28, 2010
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Gloria taught for many years, and also worked as a mental health group facilitator.

Note the lovely auburn-brown coloration. They are easily tamed and make docile pets.
Note the lovely auburn-brown coloration. They are easily tamed and make docile pets.
The snake we met on Mother's Day looked similar to this San Diego Gopher Snake.
The snake we met on Mother's Day looked similar to this San Diego Gopher Snake.
Don't be afraid or intimidated..it isn't a rattler!
Don't be afraid or intimidated..it isn't a rattler!
This is a an Diego Gopher snake we found by Lake Silverwood, California this May/2010.
This is a an Diego Gopher snake we found by Lake Silverwood, California this May/2010.
Same Silverwood snake/2010.
Same Silverwood snake/2010.
It seemed very relaxed and even gentle as it slowly made it way up a hillside.{ May 2010}
It seemed very relaxed and even gentle as it slowly made it way up a hillside.{ May 2010}

A Fast-Moving Reptile..

 

The San Diego Gopher Snake is a non-poisonous denizen ranging from Santa Barbara County, California, down into the Baja area of Mexico. It resembles the Great Basin Gopher Snake, but its pattern is subtly different if you look more closely. It can grow up to 4 or even 5 feet in length at full maturity. Our snake was found relaxing in the sun by Lake Silverwood, California, about ten miles below Crestline. Since it was camera-shy, I have substituted these stock images for you to enjoy. Later on, in the same general area, we encountered it again and got some very nice photos of it (May 2010).

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    • GarnetBird profile imageAUTHOR

      Gloria Siess 

      4 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      Your comment made my day brighter--thank you!! We found one that is a mixture of the San Diego and the Great Basin Gopher snake. A scientist confirmed it is a hybrid. When my life settles down, I plan to post a Hub on it.

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      Jim 

      4 years ago from Kansas

      I really like the coloration of the first one. Very cool looking.

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      TrapGopher 

      5 years ago

      I hate snakes! Thanks for the information. Pictures and content are useful. http://www.trapgopher.com/

    • GarnetBird profile imageAUTHOR

      Gloria Siess 

      6 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      Thank you Jon--would love to see your photos..

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      Jon 

      6 years ago

      Nice. :) I have a san diego gopher snake, she just reached 7 feet. Supposively the sonoran gopher snakes can reach 8 feet.

    • GarnetBird profile imageAUTHOR

      Gloria Siess 

      7 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      The area we used to find these snakes has been recently cut off from us..oh well!Thank you for your nice comments!

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      snake tom 

      7 years ago

      lovin the pics by the way, especially the first one :)

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      snake tom 

      7 years ago

      i have a bullsnake my self they are amazing snakes to have but u do have to handle them loads otherwise they can easily get really aggressive

    • GarnetBird profile imageAUTHOR

      Gloria Siess 

      8 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      I tried to find a nature niche that would not crowd out other hubs--I adore horses--had {3} and have always loved mammals and birds. Thanks for reading!

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      Betty Reid 

      8 years ago from Texas

      For not being snake-obsessed you have a lot of snake hubs. Somehow I didn't realize there were so many types. Interesting topic and great, creepy photos!

    • GarnetBird profile imageAUTHOR

      Gloria Siess 

      8 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      Bless you for reading!I am not snake-obsessed, but there is a niche here for me, I believe.

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      "Quill" 

      8 years ago

      Interesting hub, snakes are not all that common here, but we do have the odd rattler.

      Blessings

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