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Gila Monster Close-up   1 comment

Gila Monster Close-up — Image by kenneturner.com

“Gila monsters have beaded scales in colorful patterns. Gila monsters are
the largest lizards native to the United States. They get their name from
Arizona’s Gila River basin, where they were first discovered. 
Gila monsters are also one of only two venomous lizards in the world.”

The Sonoran Deserts’ Monster   Leave a comment

Gila Monster — Image by kenne

The Gila monster is a large, heavy- bodied lizard reaching a little over 1¼ feet in length.
The head is large, with small, beady eyes; the tail is short and fat. The family name
Helodermatidae means warty skin, referring to the beaded look of the dorsal scales,
due to the presence of osteoderms (small bones) under the scales.
The lizard is bright pink and black, usually in a reticulated pattern,
but in a banded pattern in some populations.

— Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 

Gila Monster In Sabino Canyon   2 comments

Gila Monster-72-2.jpgGila Monster In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

 

Our First Gila Monster Of The Season   Leave a comment

gila monster-1632 blogGila Monster — Image by kenne

Not monsters at all, Gila monsters are one of the few species of venomous lizards on the planet. These carnivores are classified as near threatened and are native to the Sonoran Desert. We saw this lizard moving near and under desert bushes in the Saguaro National Park yesterday. Although these carnivores are classified as near threatened, they can be commonly seen this time of year scavenging for food after spending the winter underground.

— kenne

A Gilla Monster Outing   Leave a comment

gilla monster -1151 blogGilla Monster — Image by kenne

Beady-eyed Monster   2 comments

Gila Monster Collage blogGila Monster Collage (Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, August 3, 2015) — Images by kenne

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