Blooming mound cactus was common in the granite formations of Teutonia peak at Cima dome.
This often pencil-sized Mojave shovel-nosed snake, Chionactis occipitalis, is a burrower usually ‘swimming’ under the soft sands where it hunts for invertebrate prey.
Glossy snakes, Arizona elegans, are some of the most frequently encountered night time snakes. Despite the heavy road mortality many live ones are usually encountered.
My personal favorite rattlesnake species are the speckled rattlers, Crotalus mitchellii. They come in an amazing variety of colors and patterns, but as their namesake suggests, they are usually speckled and flecked to nicely blend into their respective rocky surroundings. This pair of snakes were found together in lava talus where they were returned after a brief photo session.