First snake of the season. Very small, maybe 15 inches…? The animal was in creosote shade, just outside a burrow, near a water pipe here in “our” yard. Very still, barely moved when I tossed a leaf near her. I have since checked with the region’s snake experts and they have concluded that this is a JUVENILE GOPHER SNAKE. We’ve seen an adult gopher snake here many times — perhaps this is offspring.