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Camouflage: Which is the rattlesnake? Which is the gopher snake?

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 at 6:07 am in Gopher snake, Rattlesnake, Snakes.

Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
rattlesnake by brian murphy

Which photo is the poisonous Western rattlesnake and which photo is the non-poisonous Pacific gopher snake?

When it comes to camouflage, no one can top Mother Nature.

Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA.
gophersnake, brian

Click on “read the rest of this entry” to find the answer.

A Western rattlesnake is in the top photo and a Pacific gopher snake is in the bottom photo.

Both photos were taken on Mount Diablo in Contra Costa County, California, by Brian Murphy of Walnut Creek, CA.

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One Response to “Camouflage: Which is the rattlesnake? Which is the gopher snake?”

  1. Bryan Hughes Says:

    Well, you can see the rattle on the top guy. Good eye on Mr. Murphy.

    I should say as well that rattlesnakes are ‘venomous’ and not ‘poisonous’. I know it may seem like semantics, but these are terms that refer to method of toxin delivery. Poison is a passive system, injested or absorbed, while venom is actively injected into the bloodstream.

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