A Sonoran Whipsnake surrounded by it’s home. This beautiful creature was encountered on the doorstop of the dreaded Rosemont Mine construction. The 3000 ft deep orifice would cover 2.5 square miles, deplete untold gallons of groundwater, and imperil over a dozen vulnerable species. Fortunately, the destruction may have become indefinitely delayed due to a number of factors. This translates to a deep sigh of relief for species such as the endangered Jaguar and Ocelot, both of which are active in the ajacent Santa Rita mountains, in addition to numerous bird and reptiles species. Photo taken near Madera Canyon, AZ.
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