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... as well as Arizona King Snakes and this beauty, a Gopher Snake.
And every blue moon, we come across something unfamiliar, in this case, a tiny snake that appears to be a threadsnake crossing our path just outside our rooms. But what species?
Then we realize that Richard and Rose Ann have a huge natural history library right nearby! We all end up getting a "lifer" snake when we discover that this slender creature's "supraocular" scales make it a New Mexico Threadsnake rather than the more widespread Western Threadsnake. Rose Ann's book tells us that small owls sometimes capture these threadsnakes and place them in their nests, apparently so that the snakes will eat the parasites that can be a real pest in owl nests.