Upper box canyon, Saguaro NP. 14 in, great specimen.
Two individuals within same vicinity observed.
approx. 12 inch Gila monster resting near the loma Verde trail/pink hill trail crossing
We were riding bikes approx. 8 am and saw this Gila Monster crossing the road approx. 1/2 mile from Javelina Rocks at Saguaro Nat Park East. Estimated body length 18 inches. Weather mild, heavy monsoons day before.
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...