|Photo by Ned Harris 9/2/2013|
This is the head piece of a shed snake skin. Don't know which kind of snake, but we do know that snakes have no eyelids. They shed the protective 'scale' over their eyes along with the rest. Note the intact eye scale to the upper right of the tip.
Who was the perp in yesterday's prickly pear shred-a-thon? A javelina. Javelinas bite and pull, taking the fleshy (and juicy) part of the prickly pear pad - without regard for the spines. Other critters - like deer, rabbits, and round-tailed ground squirrels - nibble around the spines.