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Sonoran Gophersnake - Pituophis catenifer affinis

(Hallowell, 1852)
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Approximate Range of P. catenifer
Yellow = Range of P. c. affinis
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  Adult, Pima County, Arizona  
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Adult, Cochise County, Arizona
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Adult, Cochise County, Arizona Young Adult,
Yavapai County, Arizona
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Adult, Yavapai County, Arizona Large old adult, Pima County, Arizona
   
Habitat
Habitat, Yavapai County, Arizona Habitat, Pima County, Arizona. Habitat, Pima County, Arizona.
Habitat, Cochise County, Arizona Habitat, Cochise County, Arizona

Habitat, Mohawk Dunes,
Yuma County, Arizona
   
  Habitat, Yavapai County, Arizona  
     
Short Videos
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A huge Sonoran Gophersnake puts on an impressive defensive display of hissing and blowing. Gopher snakes in the wild often take a defensive stance when threatened; they hiss, rear up, and sometimes even strike at the threat in order to protect themselves from harm. In this video, a newly-hatched juvenile Sonoran Gopher Snake trying to cross a road at night is threatened by the bright light and the video camera stuck in its face so it hisses loudly and strikes at the camera before crawling away. A Sonoran Gophersnake races across a road just after sunset.
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A distressed Pacific Gopher Snake shakes its tail rapidly, which makes a buzzing sound as the tail touches the ground. This behavior might be a mimic of a rattlesnake's rattlng, or it could be a similar behavior that helps to warn off an animal that could be a threat to the gopher snake. A Sonoran Gophersnakes crawls around in Imperial County.  



   



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