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Sedona Animals are Best of Arizona

Arizona the Basin and Range Province covers the rest of the state and includes the desert and the wildlife.

Sedona, Arizona, cityscape and mountains. Sedona's Red Rocks country is just on this city edge.

Sedona, Arizona, cityscape and mountains. Sedona's Red Rocks country is just on this city edge.

Nature puts on quite a performance here year-round, despite these seasonal highlights. Many of the most iconic species in the state remain perennially present, making sightings likely. At dawn and dusk are the perfect opportunities to catch glimpses of native critters. The guide are desert javelinas, quails, coyotes, roadrunners and snakes.

Coyotes

Native coyotes descended from an ancestor of wolves and dogs, breaking off 1 million years ago as their own genus. Indeed, the usual characteristics of the animal—the pointy head, brown or gray coat with a white belly and bushy tail. Cause some of the individuals to associate coyotes with stray dogs.

Coyotes feast mostly on small animals and plants and their adaptability helps them to survive both in urban and rural habitats. They can also be seen loping around city and state parks. The Red Rocks in Sedona and Oak Creek Village are potential sites for sightings.

Shelters are coyotes seeks in storm drains and anything and cavernous, like abandoned buildings, dirt trenches or rocky and shaded outcroppings in trails.

Shelters are coyotes seeks in storm drains and anything and cavernous, like abandoned buildings, dirt trenches or rocky and shaded outcroppings in trails.

Roadrunners

Roadrunners seldom use their wings to fly, as their name implies.Instead, they fly at around 15 mph on a daily basis, but only a few behind the fastest-running birds that are capable of flight, they can achieve speeds up to 26 mph. Roadrunners are also known for the striking size of their spiky black head feathers, which can reach around two feet long from their bill to their tail tips. They're determined predatory acts.

Since pecking on them with centipedes, mice, scorpions or tarantulas after smashing against a wall. The roadrunners sometimes eat small rattlesnakes. In the air, the birds even leap to devour insects and even hummingbirds. In Sedona, you will always spot roadrunners speeding through the city roads.

These are one of the most distinctive Roadrunners of the Sedona desert southwest.

These are one of the most distinctive Roadrunners of the Sedona desert southwest.

Javelinas

You can't resist watching the javelina on its stubby legs sprint up to 35 mph. I saw javelinas on our street when I had to take my dog out to pee at night to pick her up. I had to sprint into my dog's house!

They have canine teeth, the collared pecaries. They're even musk hogs and they excrete a smelly material. In the Sedona neighborhoods, the javelinas wander feasting on plants and knock over the garbage trash cans.

Your perspective actually depends on whether you consider them as delights or nuisances. Page Springs is a few miles from Sedona. So love seeing mature javelinas snuffling about their vineyard and their small ones, noshing on cacti and tubers they call the Javelina Leap winery!

Javelina seem to like plants and roots. They go after the grubs in grass.

Javelina seem to like plants and roots. They go after the grubs in grass.

Bighorn Sheep

The bighorn sheep hugs the rock as it clambers down steep cliffs in Oak Creek Village and the Red Rocks with near poise.When you imagine a ram's head with angled horns weighing up to more than large pounds, the gravity feat is much more remarkable. During the fall breeding season, the males compete for dominance, rearing up on their hind legs and crashing their heads together with mighty the clashing sound!

Arizona Bighorn is near steep slopes in desert mountain ranges and rocky cliffs above foothills.

Arizona Bighorn is near steep slopes in desert mountain ranges and rocky cliffs above foothills.

Gambel's Quail Birds

The dream spot for quail lovers is Arizona! We're loving four of the six huntable quail species present in Sedona. Arizona is fortunate enough to already have the Masked Bobwhite Quail in addition to those four birds, and has dreams of one day re-introducing the bird back across the county!

Gambel's are easily recognised by the topknot located atop the head of both males and females, the most well-known of the 'desert quail'. Gambel's quail thrives in the dry-arid areas containing an excess of desert shrubs, found in dry regions of the southwestern Arizona. These birds prefer to roost in trees with hundreds of birds, are coveys. These quails can be found in foothills, grassland valleys, moist chaparral, and sparse areas of trees.

These are Arizona Gambel's Quail are (Callipepla gambelii). These Quails are in the neighborhood during the late spring and early summer.

These are Arizona Gambel's Quail are (Callipepla gambelii). These Quails are in the neighborhood during the late spring and early summer.

Summer Snakes

The first thing you can do is try to identify the snakes, so you'll recognize their actions if you encounter one. Just bear in mind that, for no reason, they are really shy and never attack. They'll slither away if they hear you coming. In order to stop placing your foot or hand on a rock that's hot and sun. Don't see the snakes--they are very afraid of you. There are the three main snakes in Sedona are the rattlesnakes, the gopher snakes and the king snakes.

Why did the gopher snake cross the road! Gopher snakes are constrictor snakes and are non venomous. They help keep Sedona's rodents under control.

Why did the gopher snake cross the road! Gopher snakes are constrictor snakes and are non venomous. They help keep Sedona's rodents under control.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Linda Chechar

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on February 14, 2021:

Liz Westwood, are definitely illustrated wildlife here in Sedona, Arizona. I've seen quite a bit of these critters here. I have seen a few snakes in the summer that I stay away from them. The quails, javelinas, roadrunners and coyotes in our neighborhood! I have seen a Bighorn sheep in the Red Rocks. Oh my, I've seen quite a lot of skunks along on the roads and the highways!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on February 14, 2021:

Pamela Oglesby, I've living here in Sedona for several years! I've seen almost all of these wildlife animals around here. There are roadrunners, Javelinas, coyotes, Bighorn sheeps, Gambel quails and we've seen several snakes around here!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on February 14, 2021:

Peggy Woods, I live in Arizona here. We bought our home in Sedona in several years. All of the critters are really amazing in the rural neighborhood!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2021:

The area around Sedona is so spectacularly beautiful. Thanks for telling us about some of the wild animals who call this area home.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 14, 2021:

I could not see this article for some reason, but I would love to read it. I have no idea why that would happen.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 13, 2021:

This is a fascinating and well-illustrated wildlife article. It's a real tonic to the pandemic news and lockdown to focus on this amazing wildlife.