Meet the Gila Monster

Emerging from the brush, this gila monster walked straight toward me before veering away. Gila monsters are considered among only two North American species of venomous lizards. The venom is contained in their saliva. They will go to great lengths in avoiding the use of this venom, so please respect the space of these wonderful giants! SE Arizona.

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Texas Horned Lizard

This large, dramatic lizard reaches the western extent of his/her range in SE Arizona. Like other horned lizards, the Texas variety survives mostly on a diet of ants. Horned lizards rely primarily on camouflage to avoid detection. When this fails, however, they have the unique ability to shoot blood straight from their eyes with uncanny accuracy.
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A Texan Profile

Majestic Monster

Despite their strange appearance, I find gila monsters to be absolutely beautiful! Gila monsters are considered among only two North American species of venomous lizards. The venom is contained in their saliva. They will go to great lengths in avoiding the use of this venom, so please respect the space of these wonderful giants! SE Arizona. Prints of this image are not currently for sale. Please check back for future availability!

Gila Habitat

Gila monsters are extremely secretive lizards. They spend most of their lives underground, often emerging only briefly at certain times of the year. Seeing one is always a thrilling experience that makes my heart race!
Disappearing into a bush, this adult gila monster was a wonderfully accommodating photo subject! SE Arizona.
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A Gila Head

Gila monsters are extremely secretive lizards. They spend most of their lives underground, often emerging only briefly at certain times of the year. Seeing one is always a thrilling experience that makes my heart race!
While I lay on the ground watching and waiting, this gila monster meandered right by. Southern Arizona.

A Regal Crown

Among their many other unique attributes, horned lizards are identified by the shape of their "crown." The regal horned lizard wears a crown that's often more majestic than many other species. Don't judge this youngster too harshly!
Photographed near Tucson, AZ..
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Horned Lizard Habitat

A short-horned lizard poses in the foreground of his / her beautiful habitat. This species can be found as far north as Canada. Photographed near Tucson, AZ.
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Short-Horned Lizard

A Greater Short-Horned Lizard "basking" on a chilly day at a very high elevation. This species is, by far, considered the most cold-tolerant, with a range extending into Canada. Mt. Lemmon, AZ.
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