These chew signs came from a Gila monster that became trapped overnight in a neighbor's garage. The black plastic is from the garage door weather stripping. I was able to match the size of the bite marks to the Gila monster's jaw size.
Active at night 10 meters from Sabino Lake (which was dry). It was walking in dry leaves and moving to a brush pile.
Around 10 pm, a day after the first heavy summer rain. Temperature 85 degrees F.
Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me... Love how that works. Normally I wouldn't post an observation without photo, but Gila Monster sightings are rare enough as it is.
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...