Where are the rattlesnakes?

Rattlesnake Canyon's name may scare off tourists, but 
have no fear, we haven't spotted snakes here in years

Collared lizards are often seen in Rattlesnake Canyon along rocky canyons, slopes, gullies and exposures of bedrock. This lizard is diurnal, or most active during the daytime, when it may be seen basking on a rocky perch from which it dashes after its food: insects, beetles, grasshoppers, even other small lizards.



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Collared lizards are often seen in Rattlesnake Canyon along rocky canyons, slopes, gullies and exposures of bedrock. This lizard is diurnal, or most active during the daytime, when it may be seen basking on a rocky perch from which it dashes after its food: insects, beetles, grasshoppers, even other small lizards.

It’s hard to say what keeps tourists at bay. Maybe it’s just a name. Now, I don’t want to jump into a Chamber-of-Commerce-type argument about whether we should rename…




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