Species group: Gopher Snakes
Other common names: Cincuate Bull Snake, Cincuate Pine Snake, Cope’s Gopher Snake
Scientific name: Pituophis lineaticollis lineaticollis
The Mexican Lined Gopher Snake is found in Central Southern Mexico downward to Mexico City. Their habitat consists of pine and oak woodlands in elevated areas.
Appearance / health:
Mexican Lined Gopher Snakes are named after the dark longitudinal stripes that run along the back and sides from the neck area to the middle of the length of the snake, where the lines break up and turn into dark saddle-shaped markings. The base body color is tan to brown. The belly color is white. The scales are keeled and the rostral scale is wide and dominant.
Mexican Lined Gopher Snakes are best kept in medium to large enclosures equipped with branches for climbing as well as a substrate that is deep enough for burrowing. Recommended substrates dry quickly and are easy to clean, preferably newspaper or paper towels. The enclosure should also have a water dish for drinking and soaking.
Fresh water should be provided daily and the cage should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
The Mexican Lined Gopher Snake’s primary diet is small rodents.
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Vigorous, Bulky Beauties
All gopher, pine and bull snakes are very impressive in both size and behavior, and this beauty is no exception. Those I’ve kept in zoos and at home invariably drew crowds of admirers.
All gopher, pine and bull snakes are very impressive in both size and behavior, and hence very popular among snake enthusiasts. This beautiful creature is just coming into its own in the pet trade, and is proving to be as great a choice (for those with some room) as are its relatives
A 55-75 gallon aquarium will suit a small adult, but larger individuals are best provided custom-built cages measuring at least 6 x 5 feet. Cypress mulch, eucalyptus bark and similar materials are preferable to newspaper as substrates, as gopher snakes often shelter below-ground (in gopher burrows, as you have no doubt gathered!). However, standard caves and hide boxes will also be used. Ambient temperature: 78-85 F; Basking temperature: 90 F.
Agitated gopher snakes put on an impressive display –swelling the body, flattening the head and hissing very loudly while vibrating the tail. They also rear up in a series of ‘S” shaped curves and strike repeatedly. Most adjust well to gentle handling, but like all large snakes they must be treated with caution..
From findiviglio Jan 11 2016 5:38PM