Summer is the time to be in the Monument for wildlife viewing, especially if you are looking for reptiles. Reptiles hibernate in the cooler winters, waiting until surface temperatures rise to the 80ºs or 90ºs before becoming active. They can purposefully regulate their body temperatures by basking on trails, resting under bushes, or taking advantage of microclimates. Count yourself lucky if you have the chance to see a rattlesnake, follow a gila monster, or accidentally come upon a desert tortoise.
Did You Know?
Javelina look like pigs and act like pigs, but they are not pigs. Pigs evolved over thousands of years on the Eurasian continent. Javelina evolved over thousands of years on the North American continent. So, they may look like each other, but they are not even remotely related. More...