These photos were taken on our porch in Wickenburg in mid-May. I hope you enjoy them.
When I first spied the snake, it was climbing a tall cactus on our porch, attempting to reach a sleeping bat.
When it couldn’t reach the bat (probably because of lack of support), it reversed its course toward a potted plant on a stand below. A mourning dove nest with two eggs was sitting in this pot. The incubating parent dove had already flown away, with no attempt to protect the nest. It may have been doing the typical “broken wing” routine at a distance to distract the predator, but I didn’t notice this.
The snake swallowed both eggs in rapid succession, and then slowly crawled down and away. I was able to follow it to a hole in the ground about 50 feet away. I haven’t seen the snake since.