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View Poll Results: Can I release gopher snakes into my yard to control the gopher population?
No problem, they will thrive on your gophers. 0 0%
No problem, but don't expect them to control the gopher population. 1 50.00%
If the snake is too small, the gophers might eat it. 0 0%
This is a really stupid idea. 1 50.00%
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:28 PM
Has_Gophers Has_Gophers is offline
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Default Can gopher snakes be released into the wild?

I live in a suburban semi-rural part of the San Francisco Bay Area where the weather is mild.

My yard (1/3 acre), and the open canyon behind me, is infested with gophers.

Can I purchase one or more gopher snakes and release them to snack on the gophers? Could I even release the snakes directly into the gopher tunnels to point them in the right direction? This was suggested to me by a co-worker.

I would only consider this if I was sure the snakes could survive, might have an observable effect on the gopher population, and would not pose a hazard to the cats in the neighborhood (and vice versa).

If this is feasible, what age and size gopher snake would most likely thrive under such conditions?

Thanks for your feedback.

Last edited by Has_Gophers; 04-05-2011 at 11:31 PM.
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