- Local time
- 5:57 PM
- May 28, 2013
- Reaction score
- Colorado Springs
..a Bull Snake who's trying to imitate a rattlesnake. My son was under his Ram truck when he reached for a deep socket and saw this instead, sharing his shade. He likes snakes and said the Bull had two mouse lumps in his body.
- Colors and patterns: Rattlers typically have more muted colors than bull snakes, but their patterns are strikingly similar. Some bull snakes have more pale coloring, which can further lead to their being confused with rattlesnakes.
- Posturing and behavior: Both rattlesnakes and bull snakes tend to move in an S-shaped pattern and will take on an S-shaped coil when frightened. Both snakes will hiss and shake their tails when they sense a threat.
- Distribution and habitat: Rattlesnakes are found throughout the U.S. and other parts of North America. Bull snakes are not quite as widely distributed, but they are found especially in the south and west, where rattlesnakes are extremely common.
- Head shape: Rattlesnakes have the classic pit viper triangular head. Bull snakes have pointed snouts that allow them to dig more easily, giving their head a more triangular appearance–though not as noticeable as a rattlesnake’s head.
- Size: Bull snakes and rattlesnakes are similar in size and build–both snakes have thick, strong bodies. That said, bull snakes may get somewhat larger than some species of rattlesnakes.