Identify that Snake: These Slither Around in Central Arizona

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    Gophersnake

    Gophersnake
    ••• Common Arizona Snake The Gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer) is a long snake found all over Maricopa County and in most of the rest of the state. It is not venomous. © Dee Kirkhart of Premier Pest Mgmt, used with permission.

    Arizona Gophersnakes, Rattlesnakes and More

    Not all snakes that are found in the Phoenix area are the deadly kind. Still, when encountering a snake you should take appropriate precautions. If you come upon any snake in the desert, the best way to proceed is to steer clear -- avoid it and leave it alone! If you find a snake at your home or in your yard and you aren't comfortable with what kind of snake it is or how to handle it, contact a professional and they will remove it for you.

    The images in this gallery were all submitted by About.com Phoenix readers, and all these snake varieties can be found in Arizona. There is a separate gallery for the venomous Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, and you can see those photos here.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and...MORE identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sidewinder

    Sidewinder
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous The sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes) is a venomous snake found in much of Maricopa County. The sidewinder is usually small (2 feet in length) and is usually tan or cream-colored. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Shovel-nosed Snake

    Western Shovel-nosed Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Mildly Venomous The Western Shovel-nosed Snake (Chionactis occipitalis) is a small snake of up to 15 inches. It spends most of its time under sand or in sandy soil. The venom of the Western Shovel-nosed Snake is usually not especially dangerous. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gophersnake

    Gophersnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer) can get to 7 or 8 feet long. It is a constrictor that is active most of the time, except when it gets cold. It can climb. It is often mistaken for a rattlesnake. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Nightsnake

    Nightsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Mildly Venomous The nightsnake (Hypsiglena torquata) is a small gray or tan snake of up to 2 feet long. It is found in most parts of Arizona, including Maricopa County. It is nocturnal and rarely strikes. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Ring-necked Snake

    Ring-necked Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Mildly Venomous The Ring-necked Snake (Diadophis punctatus) is a small to medium-sized snake. In Arizona it might not have the neck ring. It is active during the day, and hibernates in the colder months. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Arizona Black Rattlesnake

    Arizona Black Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous The Arizona Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerberus) is a medium to large rattlesnake that probably won't be seen right in Phoenix, but in the higher elevations of Maricopa County. The venom is dangerous. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

    Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana) is active during the day, and sometimes at night. Not necessarily found right in Phoenix, look for these in the higher elevations of Maricopa County. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Black-Necked Gartersnake

    Black-Necked Gartersnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Black-Necked Gartersnake (Thamnophis cyrtopsis) is from 3 to 4 feet long, and is found in central and eastern Maricopa County. Mostly active during the day or on warm nights. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    The Black-Tailed Rattlesnake

    The Black-Tailed Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous The Black-Tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus) is a large rattler with harmful venom. It' can get to about 4 feet long. The tail is black, which is how you can differentiate it from the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. It's a ground dwelling pit-viper. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Long-Nosed Snake

    Long-Nosed Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) is a nocturnal snake found over most of Maricopa County. It hibernates in colder weather. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Patch-nosed Snake

    Western Patch-nosed Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Western Patch-nosed Snake (Salvadora hexalepis) is a fast mover, found all over Maricopa County. It is active in the daytime. It usually stays on the ground, but is capable of climbing. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Arizona Coral Snake

    Arizona Coral Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous The Arizona Coral Snake (Micruroides euryxanthus) is also called the Sonoran Coral Snake. It's a small snake, related to the cobra, and can be found in the Phoenix desert. The neurotoxic venom can be very dangerous. Avoid this snake!. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Tiger Rattlesnake

    Tiger Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous The Tiger Rattlesnake (Crotalus tigris) can be an orange-brown color, like this one, or blue-gray. It's a medium sized snake. It is found in Maricopa County up to an elevation of about 5,000 feet. It likes rocky habitats. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Striped Whipsnake

    Striped Whipsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous The Striped Whipsnake (Masticophis taeniatus) is found in the northwestern most part of Maricopa County, so you shouldn't find them right in Phoenix. It's a long, thin snake. It's fast, hunts with its head off the ground, and it can climb trees. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Mohave Rattlesnake

    Mohave Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous The Mohave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) is found over most of Maricopa County on level terrain. It's a pit-viper, using heat sensing pits to detect warm-blooded predators and prey. That means you, so stay away. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Speckled Rattlesnake

    Speckled Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous The Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii) comes in a variety of colors and its habitat includes most of Maricopa County. It's a ground dweller and most active in the spring. Venom is potent. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Rosy Boa

    Rosy Boa
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata) has either reddish-brown or black stripes alternating with a cream color. It likes hillsides and rocky habitats. This is a slow-moving constrictor and is a ground dweller. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Coachwhip

    Coachwhip
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum) is fast-moving. It can be found in all parts of Maricopa County and is often active in hotter temperatures. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Variable Sandsnake

    Variable Sandsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Mildly Venomous The Variable Sandsnake (Chilomeniscus stramineus) is a small snake found across central Arizona. It is mostly, but not strictly, nocturnal. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Glossy Snake

    Glossy Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans) is a nonvenomous snake found in much of Maricopa County. It is nocturnal and spends most of its time underground. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sonoran Whipsnake

    Sonoran Whipsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Sonoran Whipsnake (Masticophis bilineatus) is very fast and will climb in and even sleep in trees. It likes canyons, foothills and rocky slopes. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Lyresnake

    Western Lyresnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Mildly Venomous The Western Lyresnake (Trimorphodon biscutatus) is found over much of central and southern AZ. It likes rocks and steep slopes. Capable of climbing, it usually stays on the ground and is mostly nocturnal. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Common Kingsnake

    Common Kingsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Common Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula) is a large (4-5 feet) nonvenomous snake found throughout Arizona. It is a ground dweller and a constrictor. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Groundsnake

    Groundsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Mildly Venomous The Groundsnake (Sonora semiannulata) is a small snake that can be seen in a variety of colors, at home in most parts of Maricopa County. It is active day and night, but mostly nocturnal during the hottest parts of the year. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake

    Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake (Phyllorhynchus decurtatus) is a small snake found over much of Maricopa County. It is a nocturnal ground dweller that burrows and stays under soil much of the time. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Common Kingsnake

    Common Kingsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous Kingsnake in Prescott, AZ. © Tony Perrino, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sonoran Whipsnake

    Sonoran Whipsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous Sonoran whipsnake being removed from a client's home. Tucson. © David J. Purwin, Desert Wildlife Services, Inc., used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gopher Snake

    Gopher Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous A gopher snake on the hunt for a rodent. © Tony Perrino, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gopher Snake

    Gopher Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous Gopher snakes are not unusual visitors to this home near Power and Thomas Roads in Mesa. From the photographer: "The neighbor helped us contain it while being moved to a safer spot, away from our home.". © Kim Potts, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Arizona Black Rattlesnake

    Arizona Black Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous This guy was seen in Young, Arizona (formerly known as Pleasant Valley). © Diane Davis, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A reader contacted me to tell me that this photo, originally identified by the submitter as a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, is actually a neonate Arizona Black Rattlesnake.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Long-Nosed Snake

    Long-Nosed Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous Rhinocheilus lecontei, or Long-Nosed Snake, seen just north of Tucson in the Picture Rocks area. From the photographer: "This guy was pretty big, over 3 feet long.". © Shari Gemmill, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Bull Snake

    Bull Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous From the photographer: "The snake was crossing our Drive in Dewey. He was big and slow. I added the cup to show a reference to his size." The bull snake is also called a gopher snake. © Tom McConnell, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sonoran Gopher Snake

    Sonoran Gopher Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous From the photographer: "...he was about 18 inches long and on the front walk of our North Scottsdale home (Sept 2008).". © T. Bryce, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous From the photographer: "This awesome diamondback was found in my garage yesterday in Queen Creek AZ, almost took a chunk out of my dog!!!" (2008). © Brad, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Long-Nosed Snake

    Long-Nosed Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous. Long-Nosed Snake Picture © Joseph Scherzer, M.D., used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "I live in Paradise Valley, a little south of Tatum and Shea. One week ago, about 8 PM, I walked out my front door, never noticing this snake spread across the concrete walk. I DID see it on the way back to the house. Since it was motionless, i thought it might be dead, and touched it's tail with my shoe. It curled its tail up and away from me, but otherwise remained motionless. I walked in the house to grab my camera, and found it had started to slither away when I returned to the area. It was so dark that I could not see the snake thru the viewfinder, but I managed to take a photo by virtue of the camera's red-light focusing mechanism lighting up the ground just before I pressed the shutter."

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more...MORE about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    California King Snake

    California King Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous From the photographer: "This snake was about 20 inches long." It has been identified as a California King snake (Lampropeltis getula californiae). © John DellaMaddalena, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Tiger Rattlesnake

    Tiger Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous. © Derrick A. Denis, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "This Tiger Rattlesnake (Crotalus tigris) was minding it's own business on the front porch of a home adjoining the southwestern side of South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona. This specimen was captured and released into the nearby desert away from homes. The specimen was photographed at the time of release."

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    Kingsnake

    Kingsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous From the photographer: "Kingsnake found in my front yard in Wickenburg.". © Justin West, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Speckled Rattlesnake

    Speckled Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous Speckled Rattlesnake encountered just west of Wickenburg, AZ. © Scott Pitts, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Gopher Snake

    Gopher Snake
    ••• In Paradise Valley From the photographer: "This Gopher Snake decided to hang out on my front door in Paradise Valley, Arizona. A very beautiful snake.". © Michael R. McCracken, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gopher Snake

    Mesa Snake
    ••• In Mesa, Arizona From the photographer: "...in my yard at Recker and Thomas. . . Snakes give me the creeps this is the 2nd one this year that has come to by front door and the last was a baby rattler about 12'' long last year.". © Sally Theel, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Red Coachwhip or Red Racer Snake

    Red Racer Snake
    ••• Found in Phoenix, AZ From the photographer: "Red Racer Snake that was trapped in the pool skimmer and frozen. I warmed him up on my hand for 15 minutes and then he...raced away.". Red Racer Snake picture © Marianne Cook, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    Note: Adult Red Racer Snakes bite, and are best not to be handled.

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    Mohave Rattlesnake

    Mohave Rattlesnake
    ••• Pinal County Snake - Venomous This Mohave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) was seen in Pinal County, near Eloy. © Daniel Scalf, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Spotted Night Snake

    Spotted Night Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Mildly Venomous From the photographer: "Small snake, probably a baby, maybe 10 inches long. Curled up trying to stay warm in my garage on a cold February day in Phoenix, Arizona.". © John DellaMaddalena, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    This Spotted Night Snake (Hypsiglena torquata ochrorhyncha) appears to be ready to shed its skin. These snakes are considered to be mildly venomous because although they can deliver toxic saliva, it is not used to kill prey and is considered generally not dangerous to most humans.

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    Sonoran Gopher Snake

    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Non-Venomous Sonoran Gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer affinis). From the photographer: "I discovered this snake today in our Phoenix area flower bed while thinning the geraniums." (April 2010). © T. Aksut, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    California Kingsnake

    California Kingsnake in Arizona
    ••• Kingsnake in Fountain Hills From the photographer: "King Snake in the front yard in Fountain Hills.". California Kingsnake Picture © Beverly Warembourg, used with permission.

    The California Kingsnake is found in most areas of Arizona. It is non-venomous.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gopher Snake

    Gopher Snake
    ••• Gopher Snake in Queen Creek From the photographer: "This 4 and 1/2 foot Gopher snake decided to take a swim in our pool this very hot day in June. We think he is part of the gopher snake family that we have had in our yard since we moved in here 16 years ago. We periodically see a gopher snake in our yard and for the most part they have lived here peacefully. We have 1 and 1/4 acres in Queen Creek and welcome these snakes since we do have a gopher problem. We leave them alone, they leave us alone.". Gopher Snake Picture © The Arnold Family, used with permission.

    The Gopher Snake is non-venomous.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Common Kingsnake

    Common Kingsnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous From the photographer: "This snake was about 25 inches long. Black and White coloring. He was crawling along the main trail right next to Havasu Falls.". © John DellaMaddalena, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake

    Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchelli pyrrhus). © Helmut Zeller, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "I took this picture near Wickenburg, AZ and believe this is a Tiger Rattlesnake. This is was taken at night, hence the more “round” pupils. This snake is most likely less than a year old. I was very close to this snake, no rattling or trying to get away."

    UPDATE July 2011: A local Herpetologist has advised the About.com Phoenix Guide that is is actually a picture of a Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchelli pyrrhus), not a tiger rattlesnake.

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    Coachwhip

    Coachwhip Arizona Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Non-Venomous Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum). © Jessica Sabo, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "This guy was hiding behind my pool brush in the early a.m. Taken at Estrella Mountain Ranch, Fairways home in Goodyear, AZ."

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    Tiger Rattlesnake (Venomous) and King Snake (Nonvenomous)

    King Snake eating Tiger Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snakes Tiger Rattlesnake being eaten by a King Snake in northwest Phoenix, Arizona. Photo taken with a Blackberry, April 3, 2011. © Marius Gheorghe, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "I was hiking today in the Deem Hills Recreation Area and stumbled upon (what I believe to be) a king snake eating (what I believe to be) a tiger rattlesnake. I watched for a few minutes the 'ball' of snakes with the king snake being wrapped around the rattlesnake and swallowing it bit by bit. Once in a while the rattlesnake's tail would flail helplessly."

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    Gopher Snake in Cave Creek, Arizona

    Cave Creek Gopher Snake
    ••• A Nonvenomous Snake Commonly Found in Maricopa County From the photographer: "We found this guy trapped in between our sliding door and the screen. We live in Cave Creek, Az." (May 2011). © Kathleen Chapman, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gopher Snake on a Golf Course

    Gopher Snake on a Golf Course
    ••• A Nonvenomous Snake Commonly Found in Arizona From the photographer: "Patrick Finan, Maricopa, AZ holds an apx 6ft Gopher Snake found at Dave White Golf Course near Casa Grande, AZ. This non-venomous serpent was left unharmed on the back nine." (May 2011). © Heather Faye Botello, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Black-tailed Rattlesnake

    Black-tailed rattlesnake in Mesa, AZ
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous Black-tailed rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus) at Pass Mountain in Usery Park (Mesa, Arizona). © Bart & Tina Kaylor, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "I took the ... picture of a Rattlesnake while off-trail above the wind caves on Pass Mountain (Mesa) on June 10th....The subject appears to be a fairly large Black-tailed Rattlesnake. During the 2-3 minutes of the encounter, I took 5 photos. The snake was very 'good natured' and did NOT rattle at all. At the end of the encounter it slowly turned its head, uncoiled and slithered away.

    Time of day: 10:30 a.m.
    temperature: 85-90 degrees
    elevation: about 2850'
    terrain: rocky desert with cliffs"

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    Western Coachwhip

    Western Coachwhip Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Non-Venomous Western Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum testaceus) seen in Peoria, Arizona. © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

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    Common Kingsnake

    Common Kingsnake in Goodyear AZ
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous From the photographer: "I spotted this King Snake in my Goodyear, AZ back yard.". © Tucker Fortier, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Wickenburg, Arizona From the photographer: "I took this picture of a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake near Wickenburg, AZ....There is great detail in the scales, perfect color, visible vertical pupils, upright rattles and shiny tongue.". © Helmut Zeller, used with permission

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is a common snake in the Phoenix area. It is venomous.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Sonoran Gophersnake
    ••• A Nonvenomous Snake Commonly Found in Maricopa County From the photographer: "This snake was located in the area of Camp Wood, AZ in Yavapai County. He really wanted nothing to do with us, but when we stopped, became aggressive.". © Cheri Baumgartner, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    The Sonoran gophersnake will appear to some to at like a rattlesnake when it feels threatened. It will hiss and look like it is about to strike. It will even shake its tail end like a rattlesnake.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Sonoran Gophersnake
    ••• A Nonvenomous Snake Commonly Found in Maricopa County From the photographer: "This photo was taken in North Central Phoenix, my yard backs to the hillside along Route 51 (near Piestewa Peak). This snake slithered into my pool, swam across and easily climbed right out. Slithered along my walkway and then up into the shrubs heading up the mountain. The tile are 12" square which the snake looked to be slightly longer than 3 feet.". © Michael, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    The Sonoran gophersnake will appear to some to at like a rattlesnake when it feels threatened. It will hiss and look like it is about to strike. It will even shake its tail end like a rattlesnake.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake

    Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake
    ••• Venomous Snake in Bumble Bee, Arizona Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchelli pyrrhus). © Tom Kruse, Sun City, AZ. Used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    While Bumble Bee is in Yavapai County in Arizona, these snakes are also found in Maricopa County. From the photographer: "Sunning rattlesnake was spotted by our group of 4 hikers along Poland Creek, Bumble Bee, AZ on 15 May 2013."

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    Coachwhip

    Arizona Coachwhip Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Non-Venomous This Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum) was photographed in Yuma, Arizona. It is sometimes referred to as a red racer snake. © Michael Rauso, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Spotted Night Snake

    Spotted Night Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Mildly Venomous A Spotted Night Snake (Hypsiglena torquata) in North Phoenix. (July 2013). © Chad Anderson, used with permission

    The Spotted Night Snake is nocturnal, and resembles the Western Diamondback, except, of course, that it doesn't have a rattle.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Sonoran Gophersnake
    ••• A Nonvenomous Snake Commonly Found in Maricopa County From the photographer: "This is by far the longest snake I have seen in my life. It was in my front yard almost by the front door; when it saw me she took off back to the mountain.". © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    This Sonoran gophersnake was estimated to be about six feet long.

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    Black-tailed Rattlesnake

    Black-tailed rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous Black-tailed rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus) at Pass Mountain in Usery Park (Mesa, Arizona). © Chad Nordaune, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "This black tailed rattlesnake snuck up on us at the eastern-most beach of Saguaro Lake, it was not aggressive at all, slithered into the foliage and up a tree."

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Gophersnake in Scottsdale
    ••• A Nonvenomous Snake Commonly Found in Maricopa County From the photographer: "Found this small, vibrant colored gopher snake crossing the road in Scottsdale, AZ.". © Richard Keebler, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Sonoran Gophersnake
    ••• A Nonvenomous Snake Commonly Found in Maricopa County From the photographer: "This little guy was lying on the side of the road near 180th Street and Dynamite Road in north Scottsdale. I nudged him back toward the desert for so he wouldn’t get flattened.". © David Micetic, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Sonoran Gopher Snake

    Sonoran Gopher Snake
    ••• A Nonvenomous Snake Commonly Found in Maricopa County From the photographer:"This fellow was slithering along the side of my home in Wickenburg AZ this afternoon." (April 29, 2014). © Donna Freeman, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    Sonoran Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer affinis)

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    Mohave Rattlesnake

    ••• Maricopa County, Arizona Mohave Rattlesnake, in Maricopa County. © G.Joyner-Allsnake of Phoenix, used with permission

    The Mohave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) is a commonly seen in Central Arizona. It is venomous. Warning: if you are taking photos, please keep your distance and don't disturb the snake's habitat.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Sidewinder

    Sidewinder, Maricopa County.
    ••• Maricopa County Sidewinder, Maricopa County. © G.Joyner-Allsnake of Phoenix, used with permission

    The Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes) is a commonly seen in Central Arizona. It is venomous. Warning: if you are taking photos, please keep your distance and don't disturb the snake's habitat.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Western Shovel-nosed Snake

    The Western Shovel-nosed Snake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Mildly Venomous The Western Shovel-nosed Snake (Chionactis occipitalis) is a small snake. It is usually not especially dangerous. © G. Joyner-Allsnake of Phoenix, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Sonoran Gophersnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Nonvenomous The Gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer) is found all over Arizona, as well as in other states. In Central Arizona, you will usually find the Sonoran Gophersnake. This photo was taken in Buckeye, AZ. © G. Joyner-Allsnake of Phoenix, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.