Pituophis catenifer deserticola

Harry is ONC’s most active snake and is very popular at Outreach Programs. Harry was brought to the ONC in late 2010 by a woman who kept him as a pet.  Harry took a  vacation in Southern Utah in 2018. He escaped his travel carrier and hid somewhere inside a Bed and Breakfast for 6 months. Teams of people searched and searched for  him but had no luck finding him. One day as a family was checking out of the Bed and Breakfast they found him sitting on the stairs. He returned to the ONC in the spring of 2019.  

  • Average Weight: 2.2-3.3 pounds  
  • Length: 36-84 inches 
  • Lifespan in Wild: 12-15 years 
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 30 years 

Fascinating Facts: 

The Great Basin Gopher Snake is a subspecies of nonvenomous Gopher snake. It is found in parts of western United States and adjacent southwestern Canada and is often mistaken for the Prairie rattlesnake.



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