Gopher snake, Tucson Mountains. These large constrictor snakes rise to a striking position, flatten their heads, hiss, and shake their tails when threatened - mimicking a rattlesnake. A good defense until we came along. Large snakes help keep the rodent population in check. Photo courtesy of Roger Carpenter.
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Javalina mother and child in the arroyo. Herds are common wherever prickly pear cactus grows. These collared peccaries are one of four hoofed species in the Sonoran Desert. The others are bighorn sheep, mule deer, and pronghorns. Photo courtesy of Roger Carpenter.
Saguaro cactus at sunset, Tucson Mountain Park. Photo courtesy of Roger Carpenter.
Do NOT feed the javalina. When they lose their fear of humans, Game and Fish may have to remove and kill them.
Tucson Mountain Park
We are fortunate to live next to Tucson Mountain Park. The Park provides recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, and much more in the Gates Pass area and beyond. More than 700 acres were added to Tucson Mountain Park through the efforts of Tucson Mountain West and Gates Pass Area Neighborhood Associations and their members.
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