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Posted by Mark Baumann on June 09, 1999 at 09:42:41:
In Reply to: Snake Identification posted by Ron Griffith on June 08, 1999 at 12:20:21:
: Perhaps you can help. I recently saw a rather large snake in my
: backyard in Escondido, and I am interested in identifying it if
: possible. I only saw the rear half of the snake, but I would
: estimate the length to be 5-6 ft, very stocky, 10-12 inch girth,
: reddish-brown color with distinctive black rectangular offset
: patches in three or four rows. I took a look at some web
: pictures and it looked a bit like a california red-sided garter
: snake, however it was much bigger than these snakes seemed to be
: at maximum size.
: Thanks for your help.
From your discription I would say you saw a San Diego Gopher Snake. Other than a rattlesnake they are the only snake in the area that is heavy bodied. Mark