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Even during the hottest parts of the day little four-legged creatures dash about in the Sonoran Desert. They are lizards out hunting for bugs or plants to eat.
Scott Bryan took this photo of an Arizona coral snake next to the trailhead at Ft. Bowie National Historic Site.
The northern Mexican gartersnake, like the narrow-headed gartersnake, is being threatened by the loss of its streamside habitat and by competition from nonnative species.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted threatened species status Monday to northern Mexican and narrow-headed gartersnakes, saying the animals in Arizona and New Mexico could otherwise be in danger of extinction.
The call of the great outdoors is irresistible to many, and in Southern Arizona you can count on nearly 300 sunny days per year. But venturing into the wilderness and exploring can mean entering into an extreme environment, where an injury can leave you stranded on a mountaintop or in the desert, hurt on a remote bike path, or severely dehydrated.
Businesses are often successful because they do the work their customers aren’t qualified to do.
My family doesn’t do the ham thing on Easter. Rather, we have a long-standing tradition of holding a backyard barbecue every Easter. This year was no different. After sufficiently stuffing ourselves with deviled eggs and jellybeans, my family was sitting around the patio table in the backyard as my husband manned the grill. I should tell you that our house is very rural. We live on an acre out in the desert. Just over the wall from our landscaped backyard, there exists every species of cacti, reptile and desert animal you’ve ever come across. Back to my story though. So there we were, sitting around the patio table when we heard the most disturbing screechy, squeaky sound I’ve ever heard. Those of us tall enough to peer over the wall ran to it and, well, peered over. And that, my friends, is when we saw a really long, really yucky snake. (Is there any other kind?) This particular one was a coachwhip, which I’m assured are not venomous.
As it gets wamer, snakes are more active and are something to be aware of.
More than any other time of the year, residents are being warned to watch their step as snakes are slithering out of hiding and into the warm weather.
As summer approaches, rattlesnakes and other desert animals are making their way out of hiding and into the warm weather. Fire districts are actively educating the residents about prevention and safety.
If residents encounter a rattlesnake they are advised to leave it alone. If bitten, a person is given between 10 and 15 anti-venom vials - each of those costing between $2,000 and $5,000.
(NAPSI)—While pets provide many benefits, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some animals can also pass diseases to people. Such diseases are known as zoonoses. Here, Dr. Calum Macpherson, Dean and Director of Research at St. George’s University’s School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine, who helped write a book called “Dogs, Zoonoses and Public Health,” offers a look at a few common problems and how to avoid them.
Dove Mountain resident Kim Mantel saw this little rattlesnake as it spent a couple nights in the front courtyard. It even spent the night on this small decorative bench.
Celebrate Earth Month 2014 at Biosphere 2 with four weekend programs focusing on different facets of our lives on planet Earth, and on the related scientific research at Biosphere 2. Weekend 4 celebrates Earth Day with a new Manzo Elementary art exhibition. Also, learn how insects work for you. Enjoy ladybugs released inside Biosphere 2! Experience a Gila monster, king snake and other species up close and personal.
Kaitlyn Jaramillo, 9, holds a gopher snake. The Dove Mountain Rangers brought small desert animals to show people at the festival.
Supervisor from Dove Mountain Rangers, Ron Brink, helps Kaitlyn Jaramillo hold the gopher snake.
PHOENIX – A few hours earlier, this 2-foot-long Western diamondback rattlesnake was hanging out in the front yard of a nearby home, prompting an urgent call to Bryan Hughes, owner of Rattlesnake Solutions.
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