Crossing the road while looking for rattlesnakes.
The Gila Monster was just on the side of the road and visible from the paved street. It did not move for a couple of minutes until it made its way back in the bushes/dirt.
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.
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...