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Reptiles and Amphibians native to Southern California
This page will give you an idea of how diverse SoCal is. There are roughly 33 native snake species are in Southern California, and this blog will go over the most common ones.
The Gopher Snake and the Rattlesnake-How to tell the Difference:
Gopher snakes resemble a rattlesnake; adults can even slap their tail on the ground in imitation of a rattlesnake. Many times people mistake them for dangerous and kill them. But in reality, they are not dangerous at all, have no poison, and will rarely bite. Here are some ways to tell a gopher snake from a rattlesnake: