Posted by Tracy Watanabe on April 29, 2011
It’s that time of year again! Animals are coming out of hibernation. Snakes are slithering out of their holes, bears are coming out of their caves.
Here in Arizona, a lot of our critters are coming back. Rattlesnakes, scorpions, rabbits, lizards, birds, tarantulas, and javelinas are all becoming more active.
Javelinas live in herds and are very territorial. We’ll see babies soon, so don’t mess with them. They can take on anything. They live in the southeastern part of Arizona.
Arizonians know to be careful early in the morning and when the sun sets because the rattlesnakes come close to the houses to maintain their heat. We know to make a lot of noise when we leave the house at those times because a rattlesnake will warn you with its rattle!
Several types of scorpions live here too. The worst one is the smallest one, the bark scorpion. It’s good to wear shoes in the house so you don’t step on one. You can see them at night with a black light. They shine in a black light.
There are native animals that don’t come out just in the summer time, but are here all year round, like reptiles and birds.
We also see mountain lions, coyotes, rabbits, and bobcats. We live in Arizona, and always see them no matter how bad the weather is. One of the reasons is they are mammals. They have fur to keep them warm and that’s why they come out all year long.
Questions on our Arizona Summer Critters Post:
We would love to hear what you think about our Arizona Critters! Please leave us comments!
- What critters did we forget and should add to our post?
- What questions do you have about our critters?
- What interesting critters do you have where you live that are different than ours?