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Arizona Gopher Snake captured in Cave Creek w/ a Canon 20D & Canon 100mm macro.

My dog came across this juvenile Gopher snake in our backyard last night at about 10:30pm – so out came the camera.

These are Arizona’s longest snake reaching 100" although this guy was only about 18-20" long. When cornered they will coil & strike but are non-venomous. They also shake their tails along the ground attempting to mimic the sound of a rattlesnake.

Can be viewed even larger HERE


  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyover 4 years ago

    what a great find and capture, daniel! You’ve made him look sweet (which is not how I usually think of snakes!)

  • Thank you kindly, Nadine : )

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    What a nice capture. Great details showing the lovely markings, eyes and tongue. :o)

  • Greatly appreciated, Bunny.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • BluAlien
    BluAlienover 4 years ago

    Love the DOF! Great capture! :)

  • Very much appreciated, BluAlien!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 4 years ago

    Great timing!

  • Thank you, as always, Al!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

    It give me a chill. A beautiful close-up. x

  • Yeah, I was close enough (in the dark) to get a bit of a chill myself :-)
    Thanks much, Lori!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • stacyrod
    stacyrodover 4 years ago

    Great capture:)

  • Thanks, Stacy!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Daniel.

  • Thank you, Rosalie.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesover 4 years ago

    Oh! What a beauty! Great shot!

  • Very much appreciated, Arla!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • flyfish70
    flyfish70over 4 years ago

    Very nice shot, awesome detail!!!!

  • Thanks very much, Ashby!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Daniel,great details,l am not a fan of snakes {they scare me to death} but he is rather nice looking with that pattern around his face

  • lol… he was pretty calm considering how scared he was. And, you’re right, he was nice looking. Thank you kindly, Trudi!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

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