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Santa Cruz Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer pumilus)

Created: February 15th, 2011 - 03:36 PM
Last Modified: January 18th, 2013 - 11:30 AM
Entered by: Brad Sillasen
Record 63957
Country:
United States
State:
California
County:
Santa Barbara County
Time:
2010-06-16 12:35:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Sub-Adult
Sex:
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Method:
Visual encounter
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Notes

Entering data for Laurie Van Stee:

Snake observed eating an apparently already dead (condition of ears suggest some decay) deer mouse at Scorpion Bay, Santa Cruz Island, CA by Island Packers naturalist Laurie Van Stee et al. Images by Laurie Van Stee.

Exact date currently unavailable. Will possibly have more detailed information in the future.

Note: This snake is apparently pattern aberrant.

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Comments

Posted by Brad Sillasen on Mar 11, 2011 at 09:05 PM

Thanks for the feedback Jonathan :) I dig "the look".

Posted by Jonathan Hakim on Mar 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Wow, you're right about that head....that is really odd.

Posted by Brad Sillasen on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:59 PM

Thanks Brian. Too bad it's not my find :( Yep the snake sure looks stressed. Apparently it was found about some maintenance yard or something like that. I can't recall at what point in the interaction with the mouse that the snake was initially discovered.

To me the head shape is most interesting as it seems especially gracile, almost racer like.

Posted by Brian Hinds-AKA Fundad on Feb 15, 2011 at 06:24 PM

This is an Awesome entry. Thank You from NAFHA.. That Gopher snake sure is skinny..