Snow Goose

Snow Geese have a white body with black wingtips, orange legs, and a dark line across their pink bills; however, a single gene has resulted in some snow geese being gray bodied with a white head. These morphs are referred to as "blue geese." Newly hatched snow goslings have golden-colored bodies.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Anser caerulescens
CLASSIFICATION
Bird
LIFE SPAN
15-25 Years
SIZE
27-32 ” | 3-7 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • State Protected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Game
GAME TYPE
Waterfowl
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark
  • Agricultural Lands
  • Grasslands
  • Rivers and streams

Natural History

Snow Geese are considered aggressive eaters because they will pull plants out by the root when feeding. They consume grains, fruits, and seeds. Goslings will eat invertebrates. Snow geese will form long term bonds during their second year and breed by their third. The female will build a nest on high ground, lay three to five eggs, and incubate them for 22-25 days. They will usually return to the nest they hatched from to breed.