Photographing the breezy Desert Shovel-nosed Snake requires mutual cooperation–not necessarily from the snake–to hold the necessary lamps and protect the snake from any accidental placement of a shoe. The shovel-nose is no laggard, either, and can bury itself out of sight before you can locate where it disappeared to.
A second shovel-nose seen later in the night lacked the orange banding, as is common, was over 12″ long and sought to hide under the photographer’s shoes as witnessed by three observers. Carefully raising the shoe, the snake had already vanished, Houdini-style, most likely into the sand a few feet away.
Photo top Barbara Swanson
Photo left courtesy of Kevin Price