Weather: sunny and warm
Behavior: This Gila monster was just leisurely walking across the maintenance road in a westerly direction.
After several hours of searching, we heard a nearby boy scout yell "Gila Monster". Lucky we were within earshot. They are being encountered at least weekly in Sabino Canyon. Photo by Joanna Burger
Monstruo de gila
Within Desert Research Learning Center compound
Found this beautiful creature on Tanque Verde Ridge trail.
It hissed a bit as it ever so slowly moved away from me.
Large, abour 1 ft. long. Coral colored with black semi banded blotches and black head. Beaded like scaling. Enlarged tail.
(see my photo).
Saw second one crossing Box Canyon Road about 15 minutes later.
Seen in Sabino Canyon
Adult GIMO crossing road.
Location from cell phone
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...