Skimpy white tail, two white stripes down the back—it is one of the only small mammals active in the desert during the day.
About seven inches, with a spotted breast and tawny sides, the bird builds its bulky nest in taller cacti and other prickly plants.
There are 22 species of the nocturnal rodent, which is widespread in the state’s arid zones. Most hop on their hind legs.
Red Racer Snake
Varying from gray and tan to pink, the reptile can grow to six feet. It’s the fastest in the California desert, too, and it bites. Enjoy!
One to six inches long, the ubiquitous lizard sports a large dark spot behind each front leg and small whitish spots all over.
Illustrations by Roger Hall