Species Profile


Scientific Name: Pituophis catenifer sayi
Taxonomy Group: Reptiles
Range: Alberta, Saskatchewan
Last COSEWIC Assessment: April 2017
Last COSEWIC Designation: Special Concern
SARA Status: No schedule, No Status

Individuals of this species may be protected under Schedule 1 under another name; for more information see Schedule 1, the A-Z Species List, or if applicable, the Related Species table below.

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Federal Protection

Provincial and Territorial Protection

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PLEASE NOTE: Not all COSEWIC reports are currently available on the SARA Public Registry. Most of the reports not yet available are status reports for species assessed by COSEWIC prior to May 2002. Other COSEWIC reports not yet available may include those species assessed as Extinct, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. In the meantime, they are available on request from the COSEWIC Secretariat.

3 record(s) found.

COSEWIC Status Reports

  • COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Gophersnake Pituophis catenifer in Canada (2014)

    The Gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer) is a large (up to 2 meters total length), yellow or cream snake, with dark spots and a dark line across the face, from the eye to the jaw. Three subspecies are recognized in Canada, the Bullsnake (P.c. sayi), the Great Basin Gophersnake (P.c. deserticola), and the Pacific Gophersnake (P.c. catenifer).

COSEWIC Assessments

  • COSEWIC Assessment - Gophersnake (2002)

    Pacific gophersnake - Designated Extirpated in May 2002. Assessment based on a new status report. Great Basin gophersnake - Designated Threatened in May 2002. Assessment based on a new status report. Bullsnake - Placed in the Data Deficient category in May 2002. Assessment based on a new status report.

Response Statements

  • Response Statements - Bullsnake (2004)

    A response statement is a communications document that identifies how the Minister of the Environment intends to respond to the assessment of a wildlife species by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The document provides a start to the listing and recovery process for those species identified as being at risk, and provides timelines for action to the extent possible.