Pacific Gopher Snake

Scientific: Pituophis catenifer
Spanish: Serpiente de Gopher del Pacífico
Awaswas: Siwot

Diet: Small mammals, birds, lizards
Habitat: Grasslands, open woodlands
California Status: Least Concern

This strong constrictor will kill its prey by coiling its body or pressing the animal up against the wall of its burrow. While they are not venomous, gophers snakes will sometimes vibrate their tails to mimic a rattlesnake and warn off predators. You can differentiate these harmless reptiles from rattlesnakes by the lack of a triangular head and rattle.