On the way up the Slavin Gulch Trail in the Dragoon Mountains with my friends Greg Corman and Deb Vath today, I spotted a huge Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer, also called Bullsnake) basking under a Beargrass clump. I called the others back so they could see it, but before I could get some satisfactory pictures, it slithered down a large hole.
On the way back down, Greg spotted it under the same Beargrass (Nolina microcarpa, family Asparagaceae, not the lily known by this English name in the genus Xerophyllum in the Cascades), and I was not only able to get a nice photo of her sitting quietly, but she allowed me to handle her with no perceptible agitation. This was by far the biggest Gopher Snake I have ever seen and handled, and that's many – dating back to before I can remember. We suspect she was about 6 feet long. (She: because the tail was short and abruptly narrow posterior to the vent; males have a longer, more graduated tail that is not obviously narrower starting at the vent.)