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Desert Animals & Critters

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Coyote - The howl of the coyote is a symbol of the old west. He is cunning, sly and intelligent

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The coyote is an important check on natures scheme of things, preying on weak or deseased creatures

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Two young coyotes watch as we play the 15th hole at Red Mountain

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The Bobcat does most of his hunting at night, looking for rodents and rabbits

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Babies are always so cute

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A popular web photo of a bobcat perched on a Saquaro Cactus

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The Desert Cottontail
He spends his life in peril as almost every carnivore preys on him

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A Desert Cottontail has no defense except to dash into the nearest clump of thorns where the predator cannot follow

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Gambel Quail are very common in the desert and both male and female are plumed

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Quail chicks can run as soon as they are hatched - resembling tiny dust bunnies with legs

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Mourning Dove is a common native distinguished by a mournful cooing sound. Doves must have water every day and sometimes fly great distances to find it

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Doves and pigeons feed their young a milky liquid called pigeons milk formed in the parent's crop. This nest is in the artificial tree on our porch

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The Saquaro Cactus provides food and shelter for many desert denizens

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Hummingbirds love our desert flowers

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The Road Runner is a majestic bird with their crown and long tail. They are fast enough to make a diet of lizards and snakes and it also makes them very difficult to photograph

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The Snow-white Egrets grace many lakes and ponds

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Round-tail Squirrels eat seeds, fruits and insects

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The Squirrels remain very active in the hottest weather and often beg food from the golfers

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Zebra-tailed Lizard is adapted for running at great speeds and can grow another tail if it loses his to a preditor

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Zebra-tailed Lizards are the speedest of all lizards but are food for Road Runners, snakes and tarantulas

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Tarantulas are the largest of American spiders. Their bite is painful but not serious and only bite if annoyed. They are beneficial as they eat many insects during their nighttime prowling

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Scorpions can be dangerous but the sting is not worse than that of a bee although many people suffer alergic reactions

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Most of the scorpions we see are about this size

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The Diamondback Rattle Snake is the largest rattlesnake in the Sonoran Desert. It does not have to coil to stike and does not always rattle a warning

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The Javelina (Pronounced Have-ah-leena) is the only native pig-like animal in America. However, it is not a true pig

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The Javelina has black and gray bristles, tusks and a snout for rooting out insects. It eats the fruits and pads of the prickly pear cactus and also lizards and snakes

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Mountain Lion, or Puma or Cougar, can weigh up to 200 pounds. It stalks its prey and can leap a distance of 20 feet or more. Man is his worst enemy

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Mountain Sheep live in the desert mountain areas. Their concave hoofs make for sure footing on rocky terrain where it is difficult for prediators to follow
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