Gopher Snake Versus Squirrel

Pet snake owners are almost always encouraged to feed their snakes with frozen thawed or fresh killed feeders when at all possible due to the fact that live prey can fight back and sometimes even become the predator. The video of a ground squirrel attacking a gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) by a Gold Canyon, Ariz. firefighter further drives home that recommendation.

gopher snake versus squirrel

Screen grab courtesy CBS 5 News AZ.

Gopher snake and ground squirrel go at it.


A woman in the city called 911 to report a fight between a ground squirrel and a gopher snake, according to a CBS 5 AZ news report. When firefighter Ryan Philips arrived at the scene, before breaking up the fight, he took a video of the two arch enemies going at. The squirrel, which the snake probably thought would have made an excellent meal, decided that it was not ready to go down without a fight, and from the looks of the video, it won. According to Philips the squirrel was clearly the aggressor in this brawl and when the snake was released back into the wild, in had a few cuts on it from the fight with the squirrel. 


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Gopher Snake Species Profile

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Gopher snakes are common throughout areas that are arid and semi-arid in the United States into Canada and Mexico. They average from 4 to 7 feet in length. Members of the Colubridae family, the gopher snake has a variety of other common names, including Pacific gopher snake, coast gopher snake, bull snake, Churchill's bull snake, Oregon bull snake, Pacific pine snake, western bull snake, western gopher snake, Sonoran gopher snake, western pine snake, yellow gopher snake


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