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Taken 9-May-09
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Keywords:Great Plains, New Mexico, Pituophis, Pituophis catenifer, Pituophis catenifer affinis, Pituophis catenifer sayi, Sonoran gopher snake, bull snake, bullsnake, gopher snake, snake, western United States
Defensive Behavior

Defensive Behavior

Gopher snakes, like other Pituophis species (i.e. Florida pine snake), hiss loudly and rattle their tails when threatened. This display can sound very similar to a rattlesnake, making potential predators wary to approach. Even young individuals display this defensive behaviour.