Can a gopher snake hurt you?

Can a gopher snake hurt you?

You don’t want to risk injuring yourself or the snake. Gopher snakes are nonvenomous but can still inflict a painful bite.

Do gopher snakes have teeth?

Gophers rarely bite in defense, although they do have small teeth and are capable. Hatchlings especially can be nippy, but regular handling calms most snakes over time.

Can gopher snakes swim?

Gopher snakes are terrestrial animals (spend majority of time on the land), but they are also excellent climbers and swimmers.

Why are they called gopher snakes?

The gopher snake’s name comes from one of its primary diet sources – the gopher. Since a grown gopher snake’s diet consists mostly of various small rodents like the gopher, it is especially helpful in agricultural areas, because it can reduce rodent populations that typically harm crops.

Are gopher snakes aggressive?

When threatened, a gopher snake will attack with a closed mouth to scare off predators. But they can also unleash a powerful bite that can cause severe pain to its target. The gopher snake’s hiss is the loudest of any other snake, which is another defense mechanism they use when they feel threatened.

What can gopher snakes eat?

Like all snakes, gopher snakes are carnivores. They kill prey by striking and then squeezing. Although they will eat pocket gophers, they are named primarily for their habitat of living in gopher burrowers. They eat small mammals, birds, and lizards.

How long do gopher snakes live?

about 10-15 years old
Species Specifics Gopher snakes will live to be about 10-15 years old, longer in human care.

Can gopher snakes be purchased?

We have some beautiful Gopher snakes for sale at the lowest prices anywhere. These reptiles attain a length of approximately 5′ and consume rodents with vigor. When you buy a snake from us, you automatically receive our 100% live arrival guarantee.

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How much are gopher snakes worth?

Snake Cost by Species
Species Average Cost (Low) Average Cost (High)
Rosy Boa $75 $125
California King Snake $50 $100
Gopher Snake $30 $100