Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Sonoran Whipsnake Eating a Spiny Lizard

The first snake seen this day, in the area around Bagdad, Arizona, was this whipsnake. It saw me first and fled, but seemed ‘stuck’ in the bushes. I backed off immediately and approached again slowly, and saw why it was not able to quickly navigate the underbrush: a large spiny lizard sticking out of it’s mouth! Even while stressed by my presence, it was taking it in. I was able to get this single shot between the branches.

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