Seven-foot bull snake found on Seventh Street

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Watched by fellow officer Dennis Weist, Animal Control Officer Robin Wiggins, at 5-feet-two-inches tall, has difficulty fully stretching a Bull snake that was killed Thursday morning on Seventh Street.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

A near 7-foot long dead Bull snake caught Clovis Animal Control Officer Dennis Weist by surprise when he went out to collect it Thursday morning.

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Weist said the snake was crossing Seventh Street near Upsilon Street, heading south toward a prairie dog town when he was struck multiple times by traffic.
The woman who reported the snake said she thought she had hit a piece of wood in the road.
Weist said it is the longest snake he has encountered, with most Bull snakes he has dealt with being in the range of 2 to 3-feet long.
Stretched to its full length, the snake was well above the head of 5-feet-2-inch tall Animal Control Officer Robin Wiggins.

Bull snake facts

Size: Ranges from an average 4-feet to a maximum of 9-feet.
Range: Throughout the U.S. from coast to coast and into Canada and Mexico
Habitat: Deserts, prairies, woodlands, brushlands, forests and cultivated lands.
Reproduction: The Bull snake, also known as a gopher snake, lays two to 24 eggs in the summer which hatch in the fall.
Diet: A constrictor, it eats mostly mammals but also some birds and eggs.
Fooled you: The Bull snake when startled will rise into a striking position and hiss loudly, shaking its tail, often causing it to be mistaken for a rattle snake.
Day hunter: It is most active in the day except for during periods of high heat.
Source: www.desertmuseum.org