( pituophis catenifer sayi)
bull snakes are one of the largest species of snakes found in north America with adults being recorded at 5 to 7 feet. this species is very good at camouflaging themselves with there sandy brown and tan markings but have another amazing defense tactic that they are patterned to resemble a rattlesnake. they have keeled scales witch is a ridge in the center of each scale that makes them feel similar to sandpaper. to the untrained eye they can easily be mistaken especially when they take it a step further. when threatened they will coil up, puff up there face to resemble the arrow shaped head and begin rattling there tail against the ground. at this point most anything is not going to know its bluffing and will keep well out of its way. witch unfortunately for them often is the reason there killed when encountered by people fearing for there safety that it is in fact a rattlesnake.
distribution and habitat