About Dancing Turtle Tank

Dancing Turtle Tank is located on the eastside of the Chiricahua Mountains, in SE Arizona. At an average of 4500 ft in elevation, it is sandwiched between Chihuahuan Desert scrub and Oak grassland. Dancing Turtle Draw runs along the North side boundary with a string of Live Oak, Manzanita, Rhus, and some Beargrass. The draw gets diversity from the plants from the higher Oak, Juniper woodlands. Dancing Turtle Tank sits at the confluence of Dancing Turtle Draw and an unnamed wash that has the North and West slope as its watershed. This is also happens to be the driveway to our home.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

More friends at Dancing Turtle Tank

Black-necked Garter Snake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis

This handsome snake was found at Dancing Turtle Tank in July of 2008. Black-necked Garter snakes are generally found near permanent or semi-permanent water.

This snake likes tasty Green Toads, tadpoles, fish, and other aquatic critters. Black-necked Garter Snakes are found in a variety of habitats, from desert scrub to grasslands to Petran Montane Conifer Forests. This is equal to an elevation range of from 1000-7000 ft.

Like other Garter Snakes they bare live young. These snakes are usually active during the day, but may stay active on a warm moist summer night.

July being monsoon season Dancing Turtle Draw may look like this.

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