13th December 00:56
I caught a gopher snake! (snake rattlesnake)
Last night I went road hunting and caught a beautiful Great Basin
gopher snake, Pituophis catenifer deserticola.
He was crawling across a mountain road at about 6500' elevation, and I
probably saved him from getting squashed, because I almost got rear-
ended as I got out of the car to retrieve him.
Perfect specimen, fairly young, about 38" long and 130 grams.
Incredibly docile for a wild snake - he didn't hiss or try to bite me
at all, and seems content to sit on my tummy while I watch television.
He should make an excellent pet, though nothing can replace my
previous gopher snake, who escaped after ten wonderful years of loyal
companionship, only to meet a horrible fate involving a little girl
who thought he was a rattlesnake.