Bull Snake

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 this snake makes, and the patterning sure resembles that of a rattlesnake, but this trickster is actually a bull snake. When agitated, bull snakes will coil up, hiss, strike, and vibrate their tails in the leaves, which sounds similar to a rattlesnake. They also spread their jaws to make their heads resemble rattlesnakes. How sneaky! These snakes are non-venomous and eat mice, squirrels, frogs, birds, and bird eggs. They are excellent diggers and use their pointed snouts to scoop out dirt. Plus, look at how well they camouflage!
This bull snake was discovered by a staff member's dog who luckily jumped away instantly. Though non-venomous, the bite is still painful. The 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, as you never know what might be hidden in the leaves.