Went road cruising with Jerry again on Sunday night. Never saw so many baby gopher snakes in my life. Sadly, most were DOR (dead on road), but we did manage to get about 8 or 9 live ones. One was exceptionally nice, too, with a diamond pattern on it’s back. A real stunner. We also found three glossy snakes (one dead, two live), a new one for me, and something Jerry has never seen this far north. Kind of hard to tell the difference between glossy snakes and baby gophers.
Arizona elegans occidentalis, a glossy snake. Notice how similar they appear to gopher snakes. The main difference is the belly, glossies are pure white, gophers are checkered.
A very nice juvenile gopher snake. Notice the diamond pattern on it’s back.