WILDLIFE AT RASOR ROAD & AFTON CANYON

 

Most people that visit the Rasor Road OHV area do just one thing... Enjoy their OHV toys. Along with camping, hitting the sand dunes and crossing the open desert on your favorite OHV, there is a lot of beautiful wildlife to enjoy. Think about the next time you take a ride across the desert... think about taking a slow ride and look around. You will be amazed at all the animals, insects, plantation and wildlife that is all around you.

 

I have put this section together to better inform us about how sensitive the desert can be. The desert is thought of by many to be a desolate place with nothing to see. I was amazed to find all of the wildlife that is out at Rasor Road & Afton Canyon,

  

If you could study just one of these pages per night, let it sink in... then your next trip to the desert you might just look at something with a little better understanding on how important it is to the survival of our precious playground.

 

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Afton Canyon

Afton Canyon - Nature Preserve

Known as the "Grand Canyon of the Mojave," Afton Canyon contains spectacular scenery. Not only does the canyon exhibit beautiful examples of wind and water erosion, but the colors in the side walls look as if someone poured various shades of red and green paint over them...

Big Horn Sheep at Rasor Road & Afton Canyon Desert Big Horn Sheep
Desert Bighorn do not require drinking water in winter when green vegetation is available. During the summer months they visit waterholes at least every 3 days. Bighorns have a complex 9-stage digestive process that allows them to maximize removal of nutrients from food of marginal quality...
Black Widow

Black Widow

Black widow spiders are nocturnal and, thus, are active at night.  Only the female black widow bites humans, and she bites only when disturbed, especially while protecting her eggs...

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse

The spiders inject what’s called a hemotoxin, The hemotoxin produces a blister that turns black and sloughs off within 24 hours leaving an ulcerous open wound that takes six to eight weeks to heal...

Cottontail Rabbit Western Desert Cottontail Rabbit
 
Females give birth in shallow ground nests, to young so helpless that perhaps only 15 percent survive their first year. Fortunately, rabbits breed three or four times every year and produce three to eight young each time...
Coyote

Coyote

Coyote's can run at speeds of up to 40 mph for short distances and can jump up to 12 feet. Coyotes, like dogs, use body language for communication, including the large, bushy tail. The tail becomes more bushy and the tail may be held straight out when the coyote is indicating aggression or fear...

Fringe Toe Lizard

Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard

These unique lizards possess several specialized adaptations for living in fine windblown sand, including their namesake fringed toes, which increase traction and running speed. Sand dunes are relatively small and isolated ecosystems...

Gila Monster

Gila Monster

Gilas are lethargic creatures that feed primarily on eggs raided from nests and newborn mammals. They may spend more than 95 percent of their lives in underground burrows, emerging only to feed and occasionally to bask in the desert sun...

Leaf Nosed Bat California Leaf-nosed Bat
 The California Leaf-nosed Bat is the only bat in North America, north of Mexico, with large ears and leaf-like projection on the nose.  It roosts by day, usually fairly close to the entrance of a mine tunnel, in small groups of up to 100 bats, which do not touch each other...
Red Racer Snake

Red Racer

A fast moving diurnal snake that is difficult to capture. Bites, excretes musk and twists body when handled. Large individuals should be handled with caution...

Salt Cedar Trees - Tamarisk Trees in Afton Canyon Saltcedar or Tamarisk Trees
Saltcedar can quickly become a monoculture along lakes and waterways. A single plant has been reported to transpire over 200 gallons of water per day. In the early morning and evening moisture with high salt content is exuded from the foliage, causing the soil to become saline ...
Sidewinder Snake

Mojave Sidewinder Snake
The sidewinder is a type of rattlesnake that gets it's name because of the way it moves. Instead of slithering headfirst, in a rather outstretched ... HINT >> Check out the two links below!

VENOMOUS SNAKES--- SNAKES THAT CAN KILL FAQ

Tarantula Spider

Tarantula

Spiders are carnivorous but are incapable of eating solid food and use venom and digestive juices to liquefy their prey, which they then suck up. Although all spider species possess fangs and venom, most are not dangerous to humans...

White Eared Pocket Mouse White-eared Pocket Mouse
 
This endangered mouse is only found in two places in the USA. They are mainly in the Mojave desert region and in the San Bernardino and Tehachapi mountain regions...