Geographical Range Southwestern Canada, western United States
Habitat Woodlands, brushlands, prairies, rocky deserts, croplands
Scientific Name Pituophis catenifer deserticola
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

These snakes get their name from their habit of occupying gopher burrows. They do this both to retreat from the hot sun and to hunt for tasty meals. Gopher snakes feed on rodents, lizards, rabbits, bird and eggs.

Gopher snakes are usually active during the day. They hiss loudly when they are threatened and vibrate their tail as a means of intimidating attackers. Unfortunately for them, humans often mistake them for rattlesnakes and kill them unnecessarily.

Despite their ground-dwelling habits, gopher snakes are good climbers.