BULLSNAKE

Pituophis melanoleucus sayi

This Bull Snake is coiled around a rock.

 

PHYLUM: CHORDATA

CLASS: REPTILIA

ORDER: SQUAMATA

FAMILY: COLUBRIDAE

 

 

BULLSNAKE

 

The bullsnake lives in the open grassland and open woodlands of the Mid-Western United States. Most of the time you can find bullsnakes in either Missouri or Kansas.

In the classroom we keep the bullsnake in a 20 gallon tank with a fairly large rock in the center of the tank. We also keep a fairly large and heavy water bowl in the corner of the tank for the snake to get a drink or get in and get wet. In the classroom the bullsnake eats mice and baby rats.

In the wild, bullsnakes eat a wide variety of food. They eat pocket gophers, rats, mice, rabbits, ground squirrels, and occasionally birds and bird eggs. The bullsnake has only a few predators in the wild such as: hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey.

The female bullsnake lays 12 to 18 eggs in one mating season. After the eggs have been layed the female leaves the eggs to hatch and raise themselves. After 9 to 11 weeks the eggs will hatch and go out to find food on their own. The babies are born about 12 to 18 inches long upon their hatching.

Some other interesting information about the bullsnake is that they can shake their tails in dry leaves and hiss to scare off their enemies. They also try to imitate rattlesnakes when they hiss. They are also one of the largest snakes in North America. Bullsnakes are black with mostly yellow on their undersides.

 

This Bull Snake is climbing up a stick.

 

 

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