Quote of the Week, Perhaps a Bit Longer

"The biological community is a vast and complicated system for sharing and distributing the energy of the sun among a diversity of life forms." ~Martson Bates

4/23/10

Baby Snake

Yesterday, on my hike with the kids, I saw a baby Great Basin Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer), but unfortunately I did not have my camera with me, so no picture. It was so cute and tiny. When I went to move it from the middle of the road it coiled and tried to strike--so adorable. In the end, it was easy to catch and move--don't worry, I have worked in herpetology and have experience handling snakes. It was my first snake of the season and only my third or fourth reptile. The only other reptiles I have seen so far this spring have been western fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis) and I have only caught quick glimpses of them as they scurry under a nearby bush or rock.

3 comments:

Erin said...

are gopher snakes poisonous? i still think of that snake we saw at the delta, not knowing what it was, and then discovering later that it's quite poisonous. scary!

Renee said...

Gopher Snakes are not poisonous, but they will try to strike you.

danwinnemucca said...

cool ~ although even seeing bull snakes reminds me that the rattlers will be out ~