Salvadora deserticola Big Bend Patch-nosed Snake
near Benson, Cochise County, ArizonaMay 9, 2009
Big Bend Patch-nosed Snake (Salvadora deserticola)
The first two patch-nosed snakes I had seen were under rocks and reasonably sluggish. This third one was basking on a dirt road, and not sluggish at all. I got this one photo before it shot off into the desert.
near Persimmon Gap, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, TexasApril 25, 2010
Big Bend Patch-nosed Snake (Salvadora deserticola) Big Bend Patch-nosed Snake (Salvadora deserticola)
We chose to visit Big Bend in late April in the hopes that it would be warm enough for some reptilian activity but cool enough that our dogs could enjoy the trip also. It seems that this is a little too early for much nocturnal snake activity, and the only animals I saw on the road at night were javelinas, bunnies, and squashed collared lizards and round-tailed horned lizards. But shortly before the night I did see this fine fellow doing its kinky-outline thing on the warm pavement.
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