Huge snake wakes up

Chantelle Deacon

"This guy was quite large, but they can definitely get bigger," says Chantelle Adams, education coordinator at Allan Brooks Nature Centre. "The gopher snake is B.C.'s largest snake."

A staff member at Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon caught a gopher snake on camera, coming out of hibernation on Wednesday.

"We had a volunteer out working in the grasslands and he came inside telling us he had a surprise for us," Adams said. "It was the Great Basin Gopher Snake hanging out in our grasslands here."

"They can actually grow up to 2.5 metres long, he wasn't there yet but he was pretty big."

The snake might look terrifying but they are very common in the Okanagan and they aren't as horrifying as they look.

"There is nothing to be scared of around a gopher snake," Adams said.

Although it is important to give the wild animal space when observing them, says Adams.

"A gopher snake of B.C. can be a bit more aggressive," she said. "It will defend itself when it's scared and it does tend to act like a rattlesnake when it's feeling threatened.

"That's the biggest cause of concern for people with the Great Basin Gopher Snake is they end up thinking it's a rattlesnake when it's not."

With the warm forecast ahead, Okanagan residents can expect more and more snakes to start to come out of hibernation.

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