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.
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge,
Crossing entrance road toward headquarters
dried stream bed, Sabina Canyon, Tucson, AZ.
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...