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California Quail Attacked by Gopher Snake

Margaret W. Wythe
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1 (January-February)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1933
Pages: 
34

California Quail Attacked by Gopher Snake

On July 9, 1932, in the Rockridge district, Oakland, Alameda County, California, a California Quail (Lophortyx californica) was heard calling in distress by three members of my family. The bird, a female, was located at its nest beneath a bush. It was thrashing about on the ground, while its throat was held fast in the jaws of a good-sized gopher snake. When the snake was struck it released its hold upon the quail and turned its attention to the eggs. The snake swallowed one egg and was undisturbed until the egg had progressed about six inches from its mouth. It was then chased away from the remaining eggs.

Margaret W. Wythe

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Berkeley, California, October 18, 1932

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