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Sonoran Gopher Snake

The Sonoran Gopher Snake is one of the six subspecies of the Pituophis catenifer that is common to several parts of the United States. The family gets the name ‘gopher’ because of their affinity towards eating small rodents.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Genus Pituophis
    Species P. catenifer
    Subspecies P. c. affinis
    Scientific Name Pituophis catenifer affinis


    Length Up to 234 cm (7.68 ft)
    Coloration Reddish brown saddle-shaped dorsal blotches all over the body that turn dark brown or blackish  near the tail
    Distribution Endemic to the southwestern United States
    Habitat Very arid, desert ecology ecosystems
    Diet Small rodents
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Clutch Size 7-22 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous

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    Published on November 12th 2018 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 8th November 2018.

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