Two nights ago (or was it three?), there was a blue moon and I conned my wife into going on a night hike in the desert with me. I did that by delaying the hike until just before sunset so it became dark shortly after we started.
We came across a baby rattlesnake in the first 10 minutes of the hike which set the tone for a very skittish wife. We almost missed the rattler because it looked like a stick lying across the trail. After that all sticks were potential serpents.
Surprisingly, we saw very little wildlife activity after the sun fell. I was expecting to catch the reflection of pairs of eyes in the bushes every now and then but nothing.
We when got back to the car my wife said: "There's no way I would have gone out there with you if it was this dark when we started."
The con worked.