One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large harmless yellowish-cream snake with darker markings, native to western North America.
Pituophis catenifer, family Colubridae
- ‘Predators from gopher snakes to lions have to be able to anticipate where their quarry will dart.’
- ‘The poles of the Earth are not plumb either, just like the chalk stars in constellation over a gopher snake.’
- ‘The next a big gopher snake, fat with spring voles, suns itself on the mown grass.’
- ‘Randall and Matocq showed that gopher snakes respond to foot drumming of the banner-tailed kangaroo rat.’
- ‘In Paradise Valley we found such a place where we could exchange the unctuous reptiles of Hollywood for far less pretentious alligator lizards and gopher snakes.’
- 1.1another term for indigo snake
- ‘In the wild it often inhabits gopher burrows, hence the common names gopher snake or blue gopher snake.’
- ‘Because it seeks refuge in gopher tortoise burrows, along with diamondback rattlesnakes and many other organisms, in some parts of Florida the indigo is called the 'gopher snake'.’
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