Four-Foot Gopher Snake Seen at Mt. Diablo Elementary School in Clayton

May 11, 2014 11:00 am · 24 comments

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Watch where you walk, this big fella was spotted on the campus of Mt. Diablo Elemenatry School (on the outer edges of the field) over the weekend.

{ 24 comments }

1 sara May 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Gopher snakes are harmless.

2 @#1----Not harmless to gophers May 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM

And, they can bite if provoked, although not a serious bite, nor venomous. Encourage these critters, because they help keep gophers, mice and other rodents under control.

3 Clayton Squirrel May 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I hope it munches down a few ground squirrels. I live just down the road and could REALLY use that snake here.

4 Concord Res May 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Yawn. Reporting on this is like reporting you saw a cat walking around the neighborhood. They’re that ubiquitous.

5 sara May 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Gopher snakes are harmless they do love to eat squirrels and other rodents. But they watch their way around mongooses–but eventually they get used to them.

6 rkt88edmo May 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Always nice to see a healthy guy of size like this.

Good ol’ gopher snakes keeping the rodents under control.

7 Officer Barbrady May 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Put a comma behind gopher in the headline and this is a much more interesting story.

8 Antler May 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM

This type of snake is an asset to any yard. I miss the one we called “Charlie”. Never saw him or his buddies after the Avatar eucalyptus tree removal travesty in the adjacent CNWS.

9 snake charmer May 11, 2014 at 1:55 PM

As a youngster/teenager I used to have several of these as pets along with garter snakes. Interesting critters…had to buy mice and small fishes to feed them.
When I let them go it would be in an area that I found them in.

10 Silvia Mora May 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Snakes like this is needed to keep the natural balance .I am so scare of snakes but I am trying to educate myself to know better the especies and the natural balance they keep natural chain is wonderfull.thakns much for the information

11 nytemuvr May 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Was working under a car in the driveway once and saw one about that size coming towards me across the street, hadn’t gotten from underneath a car as fast as I ever had. He was pretty aggressive, played with him and let him go.

12 @11 May 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

You must not live in Concord, because it against
city code to work on your car in the drive way
of a residence.

13 Silva May 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

These guys eat rattlers too! Cool snake. Good looking specimen!

14 Road King Terry May 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

@13, no they do not eat Rattlesnakes, you may be thinking of a Kingsnake.

15 yeah right May 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

snakes dont have feet

16 Silva May 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM

@14, woops! I was.

17 Anonalalon May 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

I hope it was allowed to live. People are so darn quick to kill even the harmless snakes .

18 @#12 May 11, 2014 at 8:44 PM

It may be against city ordinance, but I work on my car every weekend, and I live next to a Concord cop. In fact, he is the one that helps me, and yeah I live in Concord.

19 Shelly May 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

You can’t work on your car on your own driveway in Concord? That’s stupid.

20 Mike May 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I just got a notice for a car on jackstands in the driveway (been waiting 10 days for parts to come from the East Coast).
Major work is not allowed on visible driveways, it must be done inside a garage or behind a gate…. Minor work is allowed (brakes & oil & such).
Code Enforcement is “Reactionary”…. they don’t look for violators…. someone (a neighbor) has to complain.
It’s a $100 fine & $180 re-inspection if you don’t have the code violation corrected by a certain date… (My car will be fixed tonight).

21 Concernicus May 12, 2014 at 8:34 PM

@15: congratulations, i groaned in frustration.

22 anon May 13, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Is it really against concord code to work on your car in your driveway?

23 anon May 13, 2014 at 1:59 AM

the code may sound stupid but the problem is the ones that are noisy and smelly and an ongoing eye sore. 1. with some they forever have the trashy look going on w/ cars taken apart and oil and parts all over the place. That look is ok if you live in the country. Then the noise,. especially since a lot of people that work on their cars are young guys with noisy cars that are revving their engines and stinking up the neighborhood with an exhaust that needs fixed and your trying to eat dinner or sleep and you live next door and have these noxious/smelly fumes coming in along a loud exhaust the guy is trying to fix. still sound stupid? try living next to one of these.

24 Mike May 14, 2014 at 9:34 AM

@23/Anon
Noisy & Smelly?
The code states that major work should not be conducted in view (ie in a garage or behind a fence)…. Noise has nothing to do with it. If that were the case, leaf blowers & weed whackers would be banned. It’s obvious you know nothing about automotive repair… Exhaust work is done without then engine running (headers/exhaust pipes get hot during operation). The neighbors you are complaining about were probably tuning their engine, which is actually minor work done with a wrench &/or screwdriver.
Noxious/Smelly fumes? More exaust can be found along Treat or Clayton Rds during 5 minutes than a single vehicle would produce in an hour next to your house.

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