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.
Was seen around 9:30am
I was seen around 9 am.
On the Loma Verde Trail, just north of the intersection of Squeeze Pen Trail. The Gila Monster was walking down the trail towards us, went up a small step just a few feet from us and ambled into the desert.
In Javelina Wash, about .1 mile south of Pink Hill Trail at Saguaro National Park East. It was about 11 AM.
At Saguaro National Park East, on the Loma Verde Trail, just south of the Pink Hill Trail. It was 8:30 AM, sunny but with clouds, and about 75. The Gila Monster was about 12 inches long.
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...