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Saguaro Cactus - Where Did Those Holes Come From?

Saguaro Cactus Facts & Photos


Saguaro Cactus
© Judy Hedding
A saguaro with many holes in it has been visited by the Gila Woodpecker. The bird will drill several holes to get to the water stored inside. The saguaro seals off the hole with scar tissue to prevent water loss.

If the saguaro has many holes in it and is located in the fairway of a popular golf course or on a shooting range, that probably wasn't the woodpecker's fault!

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