Back home I’ve fallen into a summertime stupor, motivated only by large amounts of caffeine. But outside, in spite of the heat, the wildlife is carrying on with survival duties. The orange cat Boo was stretched out on his window observatory and I joined in. We saw hummingbirds visiting the justica and the red yucca, a dove flying with great purpose carrying a large leafy twig, a good-sized whip tail lizard running across the gravel, and a gila woodpecker scavenging insects from under the roof tiles. Our resident desert spiny lizard scampered down the mesquite tree and assumed a hunting stance that eventually exhausted our attention spans. Later in the day Lexie and I discovered a small snake, dead on the back patio. We suspect he was dropped there by a bird, and its a shame, because he is a beautiful little snake, banded in orange and black. The field guide claims he is a Variable Sand Snake, but I wonder if he might be an immature king snake. Sand snakes actually slither along beneath the surface of the sand! There isn’t really alot of sand around here that I am aware of. I have a picture of this little guy in case anyone has an idea about his true identity. Now I’ve got to go clean the fountain, because with this heat, those critters are going to need water.