SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pituophis cantenifer sayi
HOUSE NAME: "Belvedere"
HABITAT: Open grasslands and woodlands of North America and northern Mexico
CONSERVATION STATUS:Least Concern
Bull snakes are terrestrial, underground, and arboreal. It remains underground in cold weather and during the hot midday period in summer; it may occupy mammal burrows or dig its own burrow, using their pointed snout as a spade.
DIET: Probably the most economically beneficial snake in Kansas, consuming large quantities of rodents. Pocket gophers, rats, mice, rabbits, ground squirrels, and an occasional bird or bird eggs
Yellowish-tan to yellow, thickly spotted and blotched with brown, reddish-brown, or rust. Color varies more than the pattern. Tail has alternating black and yellow bands; the belly is yellowish with variable black mottling. Adult males have longer tails than females. Scales are keeled. Maximum length in Kansas is 8 ft 4 in. The average length is about 5 feet. One of the longest snakes in Kansas.