Our amazing girl Slither the Sonoran gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer affinis) in all her 6 foot glory. We were her 3rd and final home and in my mind she was going to live forever. Today she left us. She was 20 years old by our records and we spent the last 4 caring for her.
She was an incredible ambassador for her species and for all snakes alike. She made a big impression on thousands of people and saved the lives of many wild bull snakes in the local community by sharing information about the benefits and importance of her species.
Slither was hands down the best teacher for all our interns by allowing them to learn how to present and handle and animal simultaneously in a calm and comfortable environment. Her legacy will live on in the next generation of wildlife educators.
She left behind big shoes to fill and a big hole in my heart.
This is so sad. Slither was really a very singular individual and a more beautiful snake you never saw. Very grateful to Jessi for sharing her with us all.