Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Chiricahua Mountaintop

Here are a few snake-less photos from a winter hike in the Chiricahua mountains.

The only reptiles I saw that day, aside from a beautiful red prairie rattlesnake that was hit by the car in front of me later on, were a big group of spiny lizards out catching some sun. The temperature up there in the snow was only in the mid-40’s, but the rocks themselves were warm enough for basking. I count 9 lizards in this photo; only a fraction of the ones that scattered away as I approached.


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