April 20, 2010: Five days after seeing the coachwhip, SS encountered this 3.5-foot-long plump gold-to-green with black markings snake lazing on a sand berm between the house and the cabin. Looked like a rattler to our untrained eye(s)—except it clearly didn’t have the rattle. We watched the snake waddle-amble-slide to a hole, maybe 10 feet away, and casually disappear. Magical!
Chris G. identified the snake from this picture. It’s a gopher snake—Pituophis catenifer—a nonvenomous rattlesnake imitator.
Lovely creature. Anyone else seeing them right now?