If the BMASP plan to build a “Large Events Space” in the central meadow of Chavez Park is not stopped, one of the victims will be this harmless and beautiful Gopher Snake. Photographer Elizabeth Sharf captured this mature individual, easily 4′ long, gliding easily and effortlessly across vegetation, dirt, and pavement, with no legs. Exactly how they do that has always fascinated me. Here’s a YouTube video that explains there are actually four different moves that snakes make to propel them forward. This individual may be an offspring of the gopher snakes whose mating ritual Elizabeth captured on that amazing video published here on December 31, 2020.