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Gopher Snake. Figueroa Mountain, Santa Ynez, CA by Eyal Nahmias

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Gopher Snake close-up on Figueroa Mountain, Santa Ynez, CA

One of the most widespread snakes in North America, its range extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific, as far north as southern Canada, and as far south as Veracruz, Mexico. This species can reach five to six feet in length, and are among the more “human-friendly” species of North American snakes, mainly due to the fact that they are not venomous, hunt vermin (hence the name) and are easily raised and bred in captivity. When startled or angry, they will hiss very loud and rattle their tails. This is why they are sometimes mistaken for a rattlesnake.Habitat: Found in a wide variety of habitats, including deserts, prairies, woodlands, brushlands, coniferous forests, and even cultivated land. Gopher snakes often live in discarded or conquered gopher holes.

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Comments

  • Lisa Trainer
    Lisa Trainerover 6 years ago

    Eeek, that’s a scarily up-close and personal view of a snake! Excellent detail.

  • melynda blosser
    melynda blosserover 6 years ago

    nice shape image of the snake , colors , details ,great job this iscool

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtover 6 years ago

    I’m a bit afraid of snakes ……….but I give them the respect they deserve as all animals ! You did a great job here, bravo Eyal !

  • ColdHeartGraphix
    ColdHeartGraphixover 6 years ago

    Great shot. alot of detail.

  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martinover 6 years ago

    Beautilful shot

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 6 years ago

    Very cute!!

  • Olga
    Olgaover 6 years ago

    Very BRAVE shot!!!! Lovely colors…

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathover 6 years ago

    beautiful close up

  • ferndesign
    ferndesignover 6 years ago

    ewwww but awesome capture lol

  • hallucingenic
    hallucingenicover 6 years ago

    oo i love snakes! great photo !! :D

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