Armed with implements of destruction (hoes, shovels, axes, machetes, dynamite - just kidding - they only had a camera), our peeps went out to meet the new tenant.
He had just gorged himself on gophers or bunnies in the big field and had several telltale lumps along his length. He slithered into the hedge, only wanting to be left alone to digest his meal.
No rattles on his tail so that eliminated him as a threat to us. Using the photos, our peeps googled Snakes in Southern California and soon identified him as a Gopher Snake. He must be at least 5 feet long!
We don't mind sharing out field with Leslie but we hope he doesn't come in our big fenced yard. Moose is crazy enough as it is over the rodents that live out there. A 5 foot snake would send him over the edge!