Gopher Snake There are 2700 species of snakes. The gopher snake is so named because it hunts and eats gophers, therefore making it a friendly snake. Snakes slides on their bellies and developed from lizards about 100 million years ago. They live almost everywhere on earth. Some snakes are poisonous although most snakes are harmless.
Some people keep snakes as pets but since they have unusual feeding habits and are in the reptilian family, they are hard to train and difficult to care for. It is best to let them live in our gardens.