Gila Monster was crossing road, headed east, about 1.5-2.5 miles north of Javelina picnic area. Moved under a large prickly pear cactus just 15 feet off road. Stayed there and rested in part shade. He paid little attention to me.
24cm long. Found at an elevation of 4,828ft.
(Photo with me courtesy of Tim Evans) - https://www.herpmapper.org/voucher/6502/full.jpg
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...