Just a bull snake

grizzly

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Dec 3, 2013
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Yep... blow snake, bull snake, gopher snake. They are all the same thing and totally harmless. I've had dozens for pets. I usually give them a mouse or two for a meal and let them go. I had one that liked to lay next to my yellow lab in the sun in the backyard for a summer before he wandered off. Neither the dog or snake ever bothered the other, they just shared the same patch of sun.

PS... The only 100% true way to verify a blow snake from a rattler is to look at the pupils. Scale pattern can vary, head shape can vary, some rattlers don't have rattles, some blow snakes hiss and shake their tails like a rattle, etc...

But if they have round pupils, they're harmless. If they have elliptical pupils, they're rattlers.

DON'T KILL SNAKES!!!

They are protected wildlife in many states just like other wildlife. If you wouldn't kill a grouse or duck or deer just because of a "fear" or "hatred" of them, then don't kill snakes either. Just leave them alone or help them off the road and you can both move along. Its the adult way to handle another living creature.

Also, if you ever come across a Rubber Boa then you're really in luck. They are some of the coolest and most docile snakes anywhere and they live right here in the Rocky Mountains. Always make sure to get them moved out of harm's way if you find one!
 

dirtclod Az.

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Yep... blow snake, bull snake, gopher snake. They are all the same thing and totally harmless. I've had dozens for pets. I usually give them a mouse or two for a meal and let them go. I had one that liked to lay next to my yellow lab in the sun in the backyard for a summer before he wandered off. Neither the dog or snake ever bothered the other, they just shared the same patch of sun.

PS... The only 100% true way to verify a blow snake from a rattler is to look at the pupils. Scale pattern can vary, head shape can vary, some rattlers don't have rattles, some blow snakes hiss and shake their tails like a rattle, etc...

But if they have round pupils, they're harmless. If they have elliptical pupils, they're rattlers.

DON'T KILL SNAKES!!!

They are protected wildlife in many states just like other wildlife. If you wouldn't kill a grouse or duck or deer just because of a "fear" or "hatred" of them, then don't kill snakes either. Just leave them alone or help them off the road and you can both move along. Its the adult way to handle another living creature.

Also, if you ever come across a Rubber Boa then you're really in luck. They are some of the coolest and most docile snakes anywhere and they live right here in the Rocky Mountains. Always make sure to get them moved out of harm's way if you find one!

I bought a Rubber Boa at the .99c store.
 

jtm307

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Jan 12, 2016
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Wyoming
I was once fishing in an area known to have a lot of rattlesnakes. As I was walking to a fishing spot, I stepped on a very large snake. My first though was "rattlesnake" and is scared the schitte out of me until I realized it was a bull snake, still the biggest snake I've ever seen.
 

laksher

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Sep 22, 2020
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It looks creepy. I am madly afraid of snakes. I once bought a gaiter, and they didn't save me from a snake bite. At that moment, I had the idea in my head that snakes are one of the most dangerous animals, from the edge of which hundreds of people, animals, and birds die. Once my friend found a snake near the front door. Without hesitation, he called for raccoon removal (since this company has already helped him before) and locked himself in another room before they arrived. After these two cases, I am terribly afraid of snakes.
 
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Hilltop

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Bull snakes are great to have around your house. They do zero harm and prey on a lot of different pests that can do your property harm.