One of the most common snakes seen in and around houses are the ratsnakes (Pantherophis species). Unfortunately, the juvenile ratsnakes are often mistaken for copperheads and/or rattlesnakes. When approached they may put on a defensive display of gaping, coiling up, and shaking their tail. This behavior can startle people unfamiliar with them. Of course, thisRead More
One of the largest non-venomous snakes in the United States, the Bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) averages about 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 m) in total length, and specimens of up to 8 feet 4 inches (2.5 m) have been recorded. The Bullsnake is a subspecies of the Gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer), which consists of 6 subspecies in total. CollectivelyRead More
There are currently 21 recognized species & subspecies of this wide-spread, North American native snake. Often confused with Agkistrodon sp. (Cottonmouths) due to its heavy body and sometimes flattened head. Here we will define each of the 21 species.