Gopher snake?

Asked May 14, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT

Found a what I think is a gopher snake in our garage this weekend. Released it in neighboring field. Very large in size (~2.5ft). How old do they get? Common?

Benton County Oregon

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Gopher snakes continue to grow throughout their lives, their rate of growth slows significantly once they're 3 years old. Adults graduate to hunting larger prey, voles, squirrels, rabbits and gophers. In the wild, Pacific gopher snakes spend as much as 90 percent of their time underground. They often follow the runways of burrowing animals to capture them in their tunnels. They are active during the day but become nocturnal in the hot summer months and hibernate through the winter in communal burrows. Given their relatively long life spans of between 12 and 15 years, Pacific gopher snakes can reach lengths exceeding 7 feet. They average around 5 feet. is a great resource for snakes in Oregon.