Pituophis catenifer sayi
It is always important to be on the lookout for snakes at Los Luceros! If you listen with the sound on you will hear a kind of rattle sound and the patterning sure resembles a rattlesnake... but this trickster is actually a bull snake! Bull snakes will coil up, hiss, strike and vibrate their tails in the leaves which sounds similar to a rattlesnake when agitated. They also spread their jaws to make their heads resemble rattlesnakes! How sneaky! These snakes are nonvenomous and eat mice, squirrels, frogs, birds, and bird eggs. They are excellent diggers and use their pointed snouts to scoop out dirt. Plus look how well they camouflage!
This one was discovered by a staff member's dog who luckily jumped away instantly. Though nonvenomous, the bite is still painful. Video was taken zoomed in from a distance and the snake was left alone right after. Be aware of your surroundings when visiting any Historic Site. You never know what might be hidden in the leaves.