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Nose down for a drink


Nose down for a drink

There's a common assumption that--as temperatures rise and we divert more surface water and mine more groundwater in the West--desert plants and animals will simply adapt because "they're used to it." In fact, water is more precious to desert-adapted animals and plants, not less. Above, a Panamint rattlesnake (Crotalus stephensi) drinks water carefully gathered on flattened coils.

Photographer: Ceal Klingler