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Old 03-04-2012, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Oro Valley, yeah....we are residents here now....
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Came across this little guy today at the Catalina State Park. It scared our Chihuahuas but, he didn't seem to care about us.

The photos did not seem to want to upload here so follow the Flickr links (probably too large).

Mike

DSC_2740 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/75845889@N08/6808259052/ - broken link)

DSC_2742 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/75845889@N08/6954369359/ - broken link)
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Red Rock, Arizona
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The one with him on the rock is a great picture. The warmer weather is definitely bringing out more critters. I saw a few lizards last week and a round-tailed ground squirrel (look like little prairie dogs).

Your very fortunate to see a Gila Monster. There's a lot of people that have lived here for many years and haven't seen one.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Oro Valley, yeah....we are residents here now....
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We agree, I had told Helena that most people here have never seen on except for in a zoo. We are hoping to see a ground squirrel soon. They have dug several burrows around our house.

The one where it was looking at the camera he was hissing....
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Oro Valley AZ.
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Great pics Mike
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:15 PM
 
Location: West of the Catalinas East of the Tortolitas
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I'll trade you my scorpions and cockroaches for your gila monster.
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod/Green Valley AZ
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I'd love to see a "Gila Monster!" Funny thing is, if folks had named them "Rainbow Lizards" instead of Gila Monster people would have a whole different view of the little guys!

Rich
(hanging out in Green Valley for the moment)
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Maricopa County, AZ
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Your very fortunate to see a Gila Monster. There's a lot of people that have lived here for many years and haven't seen one.
Born and raised here in Arizona and I can say I've never ran across a Gila Monster in the wild. Great pics.


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The one where it was looking at the camera he was hissing....
Not ready for his closeup
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Born and raised here in Arizona and I can say I've never ran across a Gila Monster in the wild. Great pics.



Not ready for his closeup
I've seen several in the washes in the housing area in the Tucson mountains in west Tucson. Lots of rattlers as well.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Oro Valley, yeah....we are residents here now....
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Thank you, I have gotten some great pictures of AZ wildlife. I have a great picture of a Harrison Hawk in the Photography forum. I am still trying to get a picture of the bobcat that frequents our neighborhood. I have chased him a couple times through our neighborhood with my camera but, no good pictures.....
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ USA
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Never seen a GM in the wild, in over half a century here. Lucky you! Great pictures!
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