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Old 04-16-2019, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Seeing a Gila Monster is not all that common, so please have a look if you are so inclined!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_5seLT-8Fo
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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Awesome...
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:55 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Actually, I have never seen one.
When we lived in Texas, tarantulas were plentiful, but I have never seen a Gila Monster.
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Thanks Hawk J!
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Actually, I have never seen one.
When we lived in Texas, tarantulas were plentiful, but I have never seen a Gila Monster.
I am glad I could bring this one to you. Now you can say that you have seen one (maybe not in person, but video is better than nothing)! We actually have Tarantulas here as well, but I have only seen 2 in the 5 years I have lived here.
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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What a fine fellow/girl out for a constitutional. Seems a piece of cholla cactus went along for the ride on the Gila Monster's leg. That's the old "jumping cactus" technique for hitching a ride to a new location. Thanks for sharing this!
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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What a fine fellow/girl out for a constitutional. Seems a piece of cholla cactus went along for the ride on the Gila Monster's leg. That's the old "jumping cactus" technique for hitching a ride to a new location. Thanks for sharing this!
You are welcome Roli! If you notice, by the end of the video, the Gila Monster appears to be cactus free. It looks like it got scrubbed of while he/she was working their way through the tall grass. I for one was glad to see the cactus gone!
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:09 AM
 
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Beautiful markings. What a treat to see this! I hope he/she found something for lunch. Thank you - enjoyed this a lot.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:57 AM
 
Location: SW US
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I'm glad to hear it got the cholla off of its leg. Ouch!


I once stopped by the side of the road to watch a Gila Monster and a squirrel having a standoff. Squirrels are fast and Gila Monsters are very slow. Eventually the Gila Monster backed off and left. The squirrel probably had a nest nearby. I never manage to think of my camera when I see these wildlife things, so thanks for posting this.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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wildflowers27 and Windwalker2, I am glad you enjoyed the video! This encounter was way too cool to keep to myself, I just had to share it! I used to not think of videoing things, but now I keep my camera in my pocket whenever I am out for a walk because you never know what you might see!
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