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Sonoran Gopher?


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Posted by PeeBee on March 31, 2003 at 23:14:28:

In Reply to: Re: Male Bull pic posted by What on March 31, 2003 at 19:59:20:

It's hard to tell from that photo, but I'd guess that it's a sonoran gopher snake - Pituophis catenifer affinis, or maybe a bull snake - Pituophis catenifer sayi. A sonoran gopher's rostral (nose) scale is shaped like a triangle. A bull snake's is narrow - higher than wide.

Of course it could be a natural occurring intergrade, or a captive bred cross. Gophers & bulls are so variable, it's tough to confirm without a better picture & locality info. It's a good idea to ask a dealer if he has locality info on the animals he's selling. From your description, I thought it was going to be a great basin gopher, but it doesn't look like one to me because great basins have stripes connecting the first few blotches.

My best guess - sonoran gopher


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