Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Hopbush Pretty And Poisonous

Hopbush (Dodonaea viscosa) is in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) and is known by about 50 different common names. Hopbush is…






Rattlesnake Combat Dance

Male rattlesnakes often engage in a ritual combat dance to earn the right to mate with a female. This 2-minute…


Guayacán a pretty flowering tree

The Guayacan (Guaiacum coulteri ) is a flowering tree that produces bright purple flowers and tiny red fruit (about one…


Giant Mesquite Bugs

Giant Mesquite Bugs (Thasus gigas), also known as leaf-footed bugs, are out now. I saw the bright red and white…


The Coachwhip – a colorful snake

The Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum) is a fast, colorful, non-venomous, but sometimes aggressive snake that can get up to eight feet…



Desert Museum gets new black bear

There is a new black bear at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She is an 11-month-old, rescued from an area near…




The Great-tailed Grackle

If you ever see or hear a Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus), you will know why it has that name. It…