Please help ID this snake
We found this snake next to our home in Marion county just east of Salem. It’s living in a grassy area with shrubs and was also seen yesterday eating a mouse. We are hoping it’s a gopher snake but it isn’t matching any pictures. It’s about two feet long and about the thickness of a garden hose. Thanks in advance!
Marion County Oregon
You are correct in your identification. It is indeed a gopher snake. Their coloration can vary and as you witnessed they are good for rodent control.