Finally found a live snake, a fiesty little sidewinder that was hard to get off the road.
Took the kids skating in Julian then headed down into the desert for road cruising. Only saw a few DOR geckos on road until we got into Borrego Springs then we found this DOR sidewinder. Temp was around mid 70's.
Found a bunch of sidewinder tracks (along with many other animal tracks) and nearby was this little one at the front of its burrow. Made my day for sure.
First sidewinder of the season, this one surprised me when I flipped a medium size rock at the park. It's amazing how much they blend in with their surroundings.
Numerous track patterns of this rattlesnake over the sand dunes in the morning. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I couldn't find the actual animal.
On way back from Phoenix for family trip I timed it so we would be going through some potentially good spots for night cruising but did not see anything in AZ and only snake was this sidewinder in the dunes, also found one desert banded gecko.
Maricopa County, AZ
Crotalus cerastes is a venomous pit viper species belonging to the genus Crotalus (rattlesnakes) and found in the desert regions of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Three subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.