Last night I went road hunting and caught a beautiful Great Basin gopher snake, Pituophis catenifer deserticola.
He was crawling across a mountain road at about 6500' elevation, and I probably saved him from getting squashed, because I almost got rear- ended as I got out of the car to retrieve him.
Perfect specimen, fairly young, about 38" long and 130 grams. Incredibly docile for a wild snake - he didn't hiss or try to bite me at all, and seems content to sit on my tummy while I watch television.

He should make an excellent pet, though nothing can replace my previous gopher snake, who escaped after ten wonderful years of loyal companionship, only to meet a horrible fate involving a little girl who thought he was a rattlesnake.
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Last night I went road hunting and caught a beautiful Great Basin gopher snake, Pituophis catenifer deserticola. He was crawling ... horrible fate involving a little girl who thought he was a rattlesnake. Some photos: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2461/3767917102 5e348aced7.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2482/3767118407 c6a2a56818.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3532/3767917254 3c3de2b64e.jpg

Good on you. I never had a gopher snake (plenty of rat snakes, though!) but I hear they make excellent pets.