posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Feb 11
Pacific Gopher Snakes range from Oregon continuing south through western and central California to Santa Barbara County. They are generally straw or straw gray in color. Their dorsal blotches are dark to chocolate brown with their sides generally brown or gray. Their ventral sides may be cream-colored to yellow with dark spots.
These snakes inhabit dry sandy pine-oak woodlands, cultivated fields, prairies, open brush land and rocky desert chaparral. They are generally diurnal but become more nocturnal during the summer months in the warmer parts of their range. They often hide in mammal or tortoise burrows and under rocks or logs.
Tree Frog Treks has five Pacific Gopher Snakes. Speedy (see above image) was found with two of his peers on the runways of the San Francisco Airport. He was rescued by firemen and kept at the station until they donated him to us. Speedy was born in 2003.
Stop by next Thursday for information on another Bay Area native plant or animal!