The Mohave patch-nosed snake (Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis) is a diurnal generalist, with good eyesight and quick reflexes; this one was sunning itself on the rocky dirt road on a east-facing hill. We kept our distance, but moved closer after we’d photo’d it, so it moved off the road to safety. (Photos A.Shock)
Be sure to click on the close-up to enlarge it, so you can see the big rostral scale on the nose-tip of this burrowing, non-venomous snake. There’s even a little bit of grit still sprinkling its broad head-plates.