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Mojave Desert California,Arizona,Nevada !
Now we are in my personal playground.
The TRI-STATES area.
It covers approximately 40,000 km². It is located in the western United States, mostly in Southern California, but it spills over into the neighboring states of Nevada and Arizona
That is a Beauty of amazing landscape, landmarks, and breathtaking open spaces.
With that said, one thing is sure,when you are Walking,Swimming (Yes! They are lakes and rivers in the desert),Hiking,Camping,Running Etc…
YOU ARE BEING WATCHED!
You are invading somebody’s property and living ground.
It comes with retaliation.
I want to dress a general list of some critters you should be aware by categories,because there are so much different species that list would be too long .
Anyway,if you encounter one of those,I don’t think you would take the time to make an exhaustive research.
All you want is to get out the uncomfortable situation.
Venomous, dangerous or not !
Mojave rattlesnake:This snake is one of the most venomous in North America, due to its potent venom that is both neurotoxic and hemotoxic.
Recluse spider: The desert recluse is found in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. The desert recluse is found in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico. As with brown recluses, desert recluses are known to have necrotic venom.
Gila Monster: Gila monsters are the largest lizards native to the United States. They get their name from Arizona’s Gila River basin, where they were first discovered. Gila (pronounced hee-la) monsters are also one of only two venomous lizards in the world.
Arizona bark scorpion: The Arizona bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America, and its venom can cause severe pain (coupled with numbness, tingling, and vomiting) in adult humans, typically lasting between 24 and 72 hours.
Coyote will not see a human as potential food. Considering their usual prey is a mouse, vole or fallen crab apple. However, like any other species of canid, they may chase something that runs from them.
The kissing Bug
Kissing bugs have that name because their bites are often found around the mouth. They usually hide during the day and are active at night when they feed. They can go for weeks without feeding.
Kissing bugs can carry a parasite that causes Chagas disease, but this is not common in the United States. Itching from the bites can be so bad that some people will scratch enough to cause breaks in the skin that get infected easily. The bites can also cause a serious allergic reaction in some people.
Just Be Careful
The main point is, always be careful and act safely if you encounter any living creatures or plants you don’t know of.
There is so many ways we can take picture from far nowadays (Cell Phone, cameras,etc.).
Don’ be brave,it does not worth it!
On top of it,In case you have to act quickly if you get bit or anything like that, it does not mean that the next hospital is at the corner of those 2 cactuses in front of you!
Just a reminder!
It is important to have:
Talking about Pictures etc.
There is a good side of encountering animals in the desert.
Some I guess, are not dangerous in a way that you can see them from far and enjoy them in a safe way.
Amazing creature you can encounter.
I did encounter them, and it is pretty awesome !
The Red Rock wild horses and burros live in the open range of the Mojave desert flanked by beautiful brown and red rock mountains about 20 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada. The HMA encompasses nearly 560,000-acres that stretch from Goodsprings to Kyle Canyon Road.
The black-tailed jackrabbit, also known as the American desert hare, is a common hare of the western United States and Mexico, where it is found at elevations from sea level up to 10,000 ft (3,000 m).
They are very fast when they move. Trust Me! You have to be fast on the shutter button… Usually they see you before you even notice those “rabbit antennas” !
The legendary “Road Runner”
This one is my favorite, as they were often, the first living creature I observed roaming around on my way out of the house in California in the morning. They are very nervous, but curious little bugger.
They are in all the Southwestern states. Roadrunners are quick enough to catch and eat rattlesnakes. …
The roadrunner’s nasal gland eliminates excess salt, instead of using the urinary tract like most birds.
FUN FACT !
Although the animated roadrunner was always able to outrun the coyote, real roadrunners max out at running speeds of around 20 mph. … Unfortunately for the roadrunner, a coyote can run twice as fast, maxing out at over 40 mph. That doesn’t necessarily mean the roadrunner always gets caught by a hungry coyote.
Big Horn Sheep:
Desert Bighorns are found in the southwestern United States, including Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and southern California. A significant population is also found in northern Mexico.
The golden Eagle
The Golden Eagle is one of the largest and most agile raptors found in North America.
Since the passing of the U.S. Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in 1962, it has been a protected species.
The majestic Eagle lives in open grasslands from Modoc Plateau to the Mojave Desert.
Does not matter why or where you go in the Mojave Desert California,
Arizona, Nevada,or Utah.
Prepare yourself to be able to enjoy,one of the most magnificent and breathtaking place in the world !
That is my vision of it !
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