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Rattlesnakes & gopher snakes: How to tell them apart

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 6:59 am in Gopher snake, Rattlesnake, Snakes.

Poisonous Western rattlesnake (Brian Murphy/Walnut Creek, CA)
western rattlesnake

Spring has sprung and many cold blooded reptiles are now crawling out and about. In case you can’t tell the difference between rattlesnakes and gopher snakes, you and any other family members, especially children, should check out and compare these photographs of the two reptiles. /Gary

Harmless Pacific gopher snake (Brian Murphy/Walnut Creek, CA)
gopher snak2


Gopher snakes are harmless and non-poisonous. Rattlesnakes are poisonous.

Poisonous Western rattlesnake (Brian Murphy/Walnut Creek, CA)
rattler2

Harmless Pacific gopher snake (Clinton Collier/Concord, CA)
gophersnake, clinton collier

Poisonous Western rattlesnake (Brian Murphy/Walnut Creek, CA)
western rattlesnake1

Harmless Pacific gopher snake (Clinton Collier/Concord, CA)
gophersnake2, clinton collier

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2 Responses to “Rattlesnakes & gopher snakes: How to tell them apart”

  1. Tweets that mention Rattlesnakes & gopher snakes: How to tell them apart | Gary Bogue -- Topsy.com Says:

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Gary Bogue, Stan Bunger. Stan Bunger said: Useful info: how to tell the diff between (harmless) gopher snake & (HARMFUL!) rattlesnake. http://bit.ly/ag1has RT @garybogue [...]

  2. marsha victory Says:

    Very helpful as I had one in my driveway (actually there are a lot on the ranch this year. Wasn’t sure but after looking at your pics it was a golpher snake.

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