You can't tell from the picture, but this is a BABY snake. No idea what he is, but he does NOT have rattles, so that is a very good thing. He wasn't more than 9 inches long.
Anybody know what kind of snake he is??
We very kindly relocated him back to the desert - not too far away, but OFF the patio.
What worries me is - where are all his baby brothers and sisters?
UPDATE: my husband says it is a Thornscrub hooknose snake. (??? how does he know ??)