Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National ParkWestern Diamondback Rattlesnake
The Saguaro National Park, near Tucson, consists of two parts - east and west. Both are worthy of a visit and are home to a variety of cacti as well as the Carnegia gigantea after which they take their name. The Saguaros grow in quite dense forests on the sloping foothills.

When exploring any desert habitat, it is always important to take care as - even in national parks - dangers do exist. The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (pictured right) is fairly common especially at dusk. It is only one of several species of snakes, scorpions, etc. to be aware of. Another, perhaps less obvious danger, is rain. Each year flash floods rushing through confined canyons and gullies result in the death of several people. Often there will be no sign of bad weather where the accident happens, it is the consequence of a localised downpour some miles upstream.

Photographs by : John Ellis

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