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Desert Cottontails, the most
abundant desert " bunnies, "
rarely drink, getting most
of their water from the food
they eat .

Sonoran Desert
Hummingbirds range in
length from two and a half to
five inches. Their wings beat
up to 80 times per second .

Most of the holes you'll see in
desert saguaros were drilled
by Gila Woodpeckers for
their nests .

Butterflies, like monarchs and
painted ladies, are often
spotted in the Sonoran Desert
during their late summer and
early fall migrations .

Venomous Gila Monsters
can grow up to 18 inches
in length and are pink and
black, usually in a reticulated
pattern .

The Western Banded Gecko's
tail, which is almost as long
as its body, stores food and
water for the lizard to use
during lean times .

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Dress in neutral-colored clothing that blends
with the desert landscape .
Avoid wearing perfume or other scented
products .
Head out early in the morning when most
desert animals are active .
Look near blooming or fruiting plants, as well
as around moist, lush areas like desert
washes, streambeds, rivers and ponds.
If you encounter snakes or large mammals
like coyotes and javelina, observe from a
safe distance .
Never get between mothers and babies of
any species .
Don't step or put your hands in places that
you can't see, like burrows, under rocks, or
behind bushes - you never know who might
be living in there .
Remember your binoculars and camera!

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