First of the year!

Yesterday morning Jeff and I had a prolific little stroll to the old horse barns. First, we spotted a western patch-nosed snake (Salvadora hexalepis) stretched across the road. A few steps later, Jeff saw the first Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) of the year at the preserve!

Gila monsters spend most of their life underground, so it’s always a treat to see one cruising on the surface.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?