|Photo by Marty Horowitz 2/3/2014|
The Gila Chub is the fish in Sabino Creek. THE fish. The only fish.
As the water in the creek starts to dry up, people often ask: "What happens to the fish?" Short answer: the snakes (especially Black-necked Garter Snakes) have all-you-can-eat fish dinners. Not all the chub get eaten, of course. There's water somewhere upstream and some chub survive to spawn in the summer.
(Alas, I've been guilty of perpetuating a myth about Gila Chub eggs. Now I know the real story. The eggs do NOT overwinter under the sand. That's a really fishy fish story.)