The other day, our law enforcement rangers realized they were sharing
their kitchen with an immatureMojave shovel-nosed snake, an adult might measure 11-17 inches in length (27-45 cm). One of our wildlife biologists helped transport the tiny,
adorable snake safely outside, where it went on its way.
close-up view of this adorable little Mojave shovel-nosed snake shows
the single scale at the tip of a flattened snout. The next scales back,
in a pair, are the internasals. Just below those scales (and out of view
on the side of the snake’s head) are valved nostrils. The flattened
head and nasal valves are adaptations that help the snake move more
easily through the loose desert sand that is its natural habitat.
shovel-nosed snakes are rarely seen during the day. If you were to spot
one at all, it would probably be at night, as the little reptile
crosses a desert roadway. Please drive carefully and watch for snakes on
roads when you visit Joshua Tree. All wildlife (including this adorable
little predator of invertebrates like insects, scorpions, and
centipedes) is protected by law in the national park.
people don’t talk about ron swanson and tammy enough? like ron was in a relationship with two abusive/manipulative women and is NEVER shown as weak and is portrayed as one of the strongest characters in the entire show. he relapses into those relationships and it is never played out to be his fault or with him as the abuser. I just think that’s really important.