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Greetings! New Bull Snake...

Discussion in 'Pituophis (Pines, Bulls, Gophers)' started by Knox, May 8, 2008.

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  1. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Hello strangers! It has been a while, huh? I have had a lot of changes in the last year, including a new job that has kept me from spending much time doing anything but studying and taking care of the kids! But I will save that for another post ;).

    On to the good stuff... I had re-homed all of my snakes (except for my Sinaloan that escaped and was never heard from again :mad:), keeping just a baby Corn. I had no time to devote to my favorite hobby, and it was easier to just care for one snake for a while. I had my eye on this snake at my LPS since November, and finally settled down enough to go get him.

    He was listed as a Gopher, but I believe he is actually a Bull - any insight would be appreciated. I am guessing he is about 3 or 4 years old, and has a pretty good disposition once he quits squirming (my daughter can get him to settle far faster than me - what the heck?).

    Well, here he is. Let me know what you think - Bull Snake?
     

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  2. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    Big pretty boy, I love pits. I haven't seen any yet this year.
     
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Welcome back Michael!
    Great looking little snake.
    In many areas the terms gopher and bull are used interchangably.
    That does look a bit different than the bullsnake I used to have.
     
  4. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    I had always wanted a Great Basin Gopher, and this one almost looks like a Sonoran, but it resembles so many Bull Snake pics I have googled.

    Such a fine line, of course, but it would be nice to know. If only I knew the locality - but I am about the 4th owner.

    Oh, and it's good to be back!
     
  5. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    beautiful snake! good luck with him! :)
     
  6. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Just some better pics from today. This is probably my favorite snake that I have ever had...

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  7. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    That bottom picture of the pattern shows a design that is much different than my bullsnake. So maybe you do have a gopher.

    Has he done the rattlesnake mimic at you yet?
     
  8. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Hasn't done the mimic yet - he is pretty docile.

    So, looks like we can either call it a Gopher or a Bull, huh? LOL!

    Thanks so much for the input, Merlin. Can you post a pic of your Bull? I would love to see it.
     
  9. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    LOL! That would be a trick!
    I had that snake when I was 12 years old!
     
  10. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Yeah? So what's the problem? :p
     
  11. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Welecome back Michael. Hes beautiful.
     
  12. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Thank you, Marsha! I really did miss you guys.
     
  13. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    i love the last pic. what a great face :)
     
  14. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    LOL Back then we didn't have cameras,...
    we just chiseled pictures into a piece of stone!:p
     
  15. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Well, the snake woke up in a bad mood this morning. Bailey went to get him, and he struck at her. I went down stairs and he was hissing and rattling his tail, and struck at me. I put a towel over him and picked him up and he calmed down quickly. Looks like a snake stick is in my near future :p
     
  16. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Or just a ready supply of towels!
    Mine was, at first, really good about hissing, tail banging, and striking, but never connected. And it was only in the cage. Of course he was a wild caught adult! Caught by me.
    He soon calmed down.
     
  17. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    He was more calm today, though I did use a home made snake stick to get him ($2.00 paint roller with cage taken off, leaving the center rod attached to a $3.00 extension pole from Walmart :D).

    Snapped this pic - I like it better than the others:

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