Chico was donated as a former pet. Chico is the subspecies Pacific gopher snake, which encompasses a large part of Northwestern California.
About Gopher Snakes
Order: Squamata; Family: Colubridae; Species: Pituophis catenifer
Range: The gopher snake ranges throughout most of the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. It extends only into the northernmost portions of Baja California.
Habitat: This snake is found in a wide variety of habitats, including woodlands, deserts, argricultural areas (such as cultivated fields), prairies, chaparral, and shrublands.
Diet: Small mammals, especially pocket gophers, birds and their eggs, and occasionally lizards and insects.
Lifespan: The average lifespan in wild gopher snakes is 12-15 years. In captivity, they have been known to live for as long as 33 years.