Single specimen was observed crossing a paved road after sunset.
First of the species I had ever seen. It took me a long time to ID it. I think this is one of my favorite observations though and certainly the coolest snake I've found in the area.
Found under a pile of shingles with many bark scorpions.
Unfortunately, this one got hit by a truck and died later (the photo was taken after it got hit). This was only the second of the species I had ever seen so I was a bit sad.
Arizona elegans is a species of medium-sized colubrid snake commonly referred to as the glossy snake or the faded snake, which is endemic to the southwestern United States and Mexico. The genus Arizona has only one officially recognized species, A. elegans, with several subspecies. Some have recommended that A. elegans occidentalis be granted full species status.