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gopher snake
Photo credit: Anonymous
Q:

Please ID this snake ...I'm hoping it is a gopher snake.

- Benton County, Oregon
A:

Thank you for the great photo! That really helps with identifying the snake.

I would agree with you - this snake definitely appears to be a gopher snake, including that dark crescent marking that wraps from jaw, over and through eyes, to other jaw. The snake will do a good job of keeping rodents in check around your house and garden!

Dana Sanchez
Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist
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