Definition of gopher snake in US English:

gopher snake


  • 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.’
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      another 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'.’