Snake Ambassador Meet & Greet

July 21, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas
At Cabrillo National Monument, we have a few scaled ambassadors that are typically behind the scenes. Every Thursday this summer at 1:30 pm, our ambassadors get to demonstrate to the public why this preserved and protected land is so significant in our urban San Diego community.
 
Ranger Stephanie introduces a snake ambassador to a Cabrillo visitorNPS Photo
 
Wildlife Biologist, Ranger Stephanie Root, along with other park biologists represent our snakey co-workers and help communicate to the public on their behalf. All of our snake ambassadors are native to the San Diego Region and have be rescued for various reasons by the San Diego Herpetological Society.
Meet the Team!

Salvador is a Northern Three-Lined BoaNPS Photo

Salvador: Northern Three-Lined Boa – Lichanura orcutti (Formerly Coastal Rosy Boa)

He became an ambassador in June 2014 and is approximately 7 years of age. Sal is the most comfortable with visitor interaction. He particularly enjoys hiding in shoes and hooded sweatshirts. Northern Three-Lined Boas have a lifespan of approximately 20 years.

Agnes is a 17 year old California KingsnakeNPS Photo

Agnes: California Kingsnake – Lampropeltis californiae

Agnes became an ambassador in August 2014 and is approximately 17 years of age. Along with being the oldest of the ambassadors, she is also the largest. A California Kingsnake is known to live up to 50 years in captivity.

Summer, an albino California Kingsnake, came to Cabrillo in 2014NPS Photo

Summer: Albino California Kingsnake – Lampropeltis californiae

Summer became an ambassador in August 2014 with Agnes and is approximately 8 years of age. Because of her lack of pigment, her veins can be seen through her scales (especially since she recently shed her skin in these images).

The newest of our snake ambassadors, Wilson is a San Diego Gopher SnakeNPS Photo

Wilson: San Diego Gopher Snake – Pituophis catenifer annectens

Wilson became an ambassador in February 2017 and is approximately 4 years of age. He is most timid of the ambassadors, but warms up after a while, particularly with Ranger Adam Taylor. A San Diego Gopher Snake typically lives 12-15 years.

We encourage visitors to meet our snake ambassadors up close every Thursday at 1:30 pm during the summer. Do remember, though all of our ambassadors are non-venomous, be aware all snakes are wild animals and have the potential to bite and may mistake a finger near their face as a yummy treat.  Please gently touch the base of their body with one or two fingers.

The coolest members of the Cabrillo Crew can’t wait to meet you! 
 

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