Spotted at 8AM on the Garwood Trail at the intersection of the Stock Bypass Trail.
About sixteen inches long. Was right in the middle of the Jeep trail when I drove up. Hissed at me when I tried to get close to take a picture.
Saguaro National Park
For security, I've moved the location to the Horseshoe Ranch.
The Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum, /ˈhiːlə/ HEE-lə) is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. A heavy, slow-moving lizard, up to 60 cm (2.0 ft) long, the Gila monster is the only venomous lizard native to the United States and one of only two known species of venomous lizards in North America, the other being its close relative, the Mexican beaded lizard (H. horridum). Though the Gila monster...