While driving around Las Vegas last year, we've seen a lot of this big horn statues along the road. I am so intrigued about it so I did a little digging online when we came back home. I've learned that these Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) are large sheep of desert mountains with a tan coat and white rump. Below are its characteristics:
- Adult males are recognized by their large, curled horns.
- Females and young males have smaller, straighter horns.
- Adult males weigh about 140–180 pounds, while females are somewhat smaller, weighing about 90–150 pounds.
- They stand about 2-½ to 3-¼ feet at shoulder.
Males and females gather to breed in the fall so it's about time for them to breed this year. It's interesting to know that the males leave the females and young to form separate bachelor herds during the summer.
We did not see any live one in Vegas but we did see some when we had our road trip from Vegas to Grand Canyon. It was so nice seeing them.
Aside from big horns, rattle snakes are also very common in Vegas so you will see these displays along the road walls.
It was the hottest when we visited last year so I would love to go back there during the cooler months to fully enjoy the view.
I think the best view we've seen in Vegas was in Boulder City. I would have loved to walk around the city and explore their music and food. Maybe next time when we are given a chance to visit again. I would love to walk around there, it was a more relaxing atmosphere in Boulder City than downtown Vegas.
I didn't see those in Vegas, but then again we didn't rent a car or really ever leaev the strip. Those statues are cool.ReplyDelete
I have never been to Las Vegas! I would really like to explore the area and look for precious food finds!ReplyDelete
oh wow! i never saw this when i went to vegas so thanks so much for sharing :) great pictures!ReplyDelete
I'd love to see those bighorn sheep up close! Looks like a fun trip! We have our share of rattlesnakes here in the south and I could go the rest of my life without seeing another one.ReplyDelete
My husband has been to Vegas several times. Maybe one of these day we can go together and he can show me around to the different places and sites.ReplyDelete
It sounds like you had a great trip. I've never been to Vegas, but I've always wanted to go. I'm not big on the strip night life stuff, but when I found out how awesome it is in the area, I knew I needed to get there.ReplyDelete
These are some cool statues! I wouldn't want to see a real snake, but the ones on the walls are neat to see. I need to get to Vegas.ReplyDelete
I've been to Phoenix and they have very similar artwork on their overpasses in the highways. I love how creative it is. I hope at some point I can get to Vegas.ReplyDelete
I remember seeing them on our drive to Arizona from Las Vegas. I loved learning what they are all about. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Never been to any part of Vegas and I am so looking forward to be able to explore the place that it has to offer. Probably next year, I guess.ReplyDelete
This looks so relaxing. I have to make sure that I visit the next time I'm in Vegas.ReplyDelete
I haven't been to Vegas in years! My husband and I keep saying we need to do a trip that way but just haven't made time yet!ReplyDelete
My husband loved when he visited Las Vegas. He has always wand to go back with the family.ReplyDelete
I went to Vegas many years ago and had a wonderful time. I never checked out those statues, but they certainly look cool!ReplyDelete
That looks like a nice destination to go. Seeing sheep up close is such a nice experience but a rattle snake is a big NO for me. Hahaha!ReplyDelete
I've been to Las Vegas once but hope to go back again in the near future. I did not get to do everything I had on my list. I'm terrified of snakes (I live in Alaska) so glad that these were not real :D dReplyDelete
I have only been to Vegas once and it was for New Years Eve and was super cold! I would love to go when it was a little warmer outside so I could actually walk around and see things...LOL!!ReplyDelete
I love when areas celebrate their local wildlife. I hadn't known about the Big Horns either, I would have assumed they were a kind of cattle by just the name. The statues though, clearly a sheep. I wouldn't had thought much about sheep in the desert!ReplyDelete