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Cape Gopher Snake
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Pituophis melanoleucus vertebralis
Family Name:
Colubridae
Size:
Cape Gopher Snakes usually average between 36 and 66 inches, or 91.5 to 168cm, in length.
Color:
Individual specimens of Cape Gopher Snakes vary greatly in coloration. They are usually very heavily marked, with red or orange shaped blotches at the front of the dorsal surface and black, square blotches at the rear. In the middle of the body, there is a gradual transition from one type of marking to the other. The background color is usually yellow, red, orange or brown, although some animals from the northern part of the region are significantly darker. The Cape Gopher Snake's head is usually free of markings, although they may exhibit shading from dark orange to yellow or white.
Diet:
It is unknown what the Cape Gopher Snake feeds on in the wild. It is most likely that they eat small rodents, such as mice and rats. They may also feed on lizards. blotches at the front of the dorsal surface and black, square blotches at the rear. In the middle of the body, there is a gradual transition from one type of marking to the other. The background color is usually yellow, red, orange or brown, although some animals from the northern part of the region are significantly darker. The Cape Gopher Snake's head is usually free of markings, although they may exhibit shading from dark orange to yellow or white.
Compatibility with Humans:
Average
Poisonious:
No
 
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Cape Gopher Snake

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Cape Gopher Snake Description
  The Cape Gohper Snake is a moderately sized snake native to the Baja Peninsula. There are two varieties; the normal variety and the hypomelanistic, with reduced black pigment at the rear of the body. The Cape Gopher is found living only in the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. It has a variety of different habitats. They live in the Sierra de la Laguna, a very high mountain with dense forests. They also live in tropical forests and scrubland as well as in the Sonoran desert along the coast. Most specimens have been found in the scrublands, but they exist in the other areas as well. The Cape Gopher Snake prefers arid environments, although it usually lives in underground burrows with high relative humidity. The Cape Gopher snake is nocturnal, which means it is active only at night. This could be in defense of the very hot daytime temperatures that are found in the Baja Peninsula. The overall picture of this snake is that it enjoys cool weather, even though its home is in a very hot area. In captivity, Cape Gopher Snakes are very nervous animals. They are also active. Its head is narrow with tall lateral surfaces that end in a square at the dorsal surface. Its neck is also thinner than many snakes of the same family.  
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