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Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien

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Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)

Order Familly
Squamata Colubrids

Green: Borealie

Red: Distribution

Diet:

Carnivore, feeding mainly on rodents and other small mammals but also on birds, eggs, insects and reptiles.

Reproduction:

From 1 or 2 years old for males and from 3 to 5 years old for females, mating takes place between June and August. Oviparous, the female lays from 2 to 24 eggs which she incubates for 65 to 75 days. The babies are independent as soon as being hatched.

Lifespan:

Up to 15 years in the wild.

Predators:

Mainly foxes, coyotes and birds of prey.

Status:

Least concern. In Canada, the Pacific subspecies has disappeared from the country and the Large Basin species is threatened.