Sonoran Gopher Snake


They are often mistaken for rattlesnakes because of their coloration and defensive behaviors.

When threatened they will puff up, hiss, and shake their tail on the ground.

Have keeled scales meaning that the scales have a ridge in the center of them making the scales feel and look rough.

Click HERE for a Gopher Snake Activity Sheet!

Our Current Residents

Mesa, Female - Hatched 2009 (estimate)

Mesa is a pet surrender. Although she was deemed 'aggressive' when dropped off, we at the Zoo have found her to be quite the opposite. She very much enjoys her travels to schools across the state. Be sure to look for her cousin the Bull Snake as you walk around the Zoo. There are plenty of wild ones to admire!


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Genus: Pituophis
  • Species: Pituophis catenifer

Animal Facts

  • Carnivore
  • Common
  • Desert
  • Diurnal

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