We spotted this deceased on the street at the start of our morning walk. At first I feared this might be a Rattlesnake (there are three species native to our area), but it's likely a San Diego Gopher Snake (note the lack of rattle), garden good guy. Perhaps it had done battle with a Coyote and lost, and the Coyote was waiting for us to leave so it could retrieve it. Gopher snakes eat, yes, gophers. Friend to gardeners!