Observed crossing road at Sabino Canyon Picnic Grounds. Was moving confidently, beneath overcast skies.
walking across Cactus Forest Dr from east to west at 1008 am.
Walking from west to east across the Cactus Forest Dr at 1107am, hid under a bush.
Walking across the Cactus Forest Dr from east to west at 1042 am.
Walking across the Cactus Forest Dr from west to east at 0914.
First sighting of the day. Crossing the Cactus Forest Road from west to east. Moving quit fast hid under the brush.
Second siting on this day. Seen at 0956. Walking slowly on the pavement on the side of Cactus Forest Road.
Two Gila monsters were mating right beside the road so I could photograph them.
The specimen was warming itself in a roadway in the Park. The day was totally cloudy and about 78 degrees. It was .5 mile from the gate on the south extension of the road. It wandered off into the desert to get away from me. It had pink colors and was about 9-10 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...