THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SANTA FE DAM RECREATION AREA
Mostly the signs of the animals are seen, not the animals themselves. There are burrows and piles of scat along the trails and plants munched down. How do they eat prickly pears without getting those vicious glochids stuck in their mouths?
The Pacific or Agile Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys agilis, is described as "cute" but is rarely seen because it is active at night. However the burrows are easy to find along side the road where there is soft ground and a little slope.
The Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis helleri, is also active at night on hot summer days, but in the milder days of spring it is often found sunning itself.
The small, round pellets of the Desert Cottontail, Sylvilagus auduboni, are a common site amidst the gnawed cactus pads at Santa Fe Dam. If you look quickly enough, you may catch a glimpse of the white "cottontail" as it bounds away.
Web Page by Jane Strong for CNPS-SGM, April, 2004