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May 14, 2011 22:29 |  #1

Found this guy in my front yard yesterday. First time I've seen one in the wild and I am completely shocked at how fast they can move. I always pictured them as extremely slow and sluggish creatures but that is not the case! Anyway not quite the pose I would like or the lighting but I wanted to share something that is rarely seen in the wild and probably not seen by a lot of the members of this board. The Gila Monster is a poisonous lizard.

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May 15, 2011 07:09 |  #2

Saw a programme about these. Isn't their bite extremely dangerous?

Great shot BTW!


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May 15, 2011 07:22 |  #3

scrumpy wrote in post #12412294 (external link)
Saw a programme about these. Isn't their bite extremely dangerous?

Great shot BTW!

Yes their saliva contains poisons so if you are bitten it won't be pleasant.


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May 15, 2011 08:21 as a reply to  @ SVTmaniac's post |  #4

Great find Chris....I think?!?
They are a very pretty lizard aren't they....and that is coming from a herp fan and someone who used to keep a W. Diamondback as a pet - ;)


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May 15, 2011 09:00 |  #5

Boy, that shot is ripping sharp! Nicely done.

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May 15, 2011 11:26 |  #6

Thank you, I would love to have a diamondback as a pet!


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May 15, 2011 12:13 |  #7

cool! you captured nice detail in the skin too. looks like a decent sized lizard!


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May 16, 2011 07:49 |  #8

Very cool!




  
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May 16, 2011 13:32 |  #9

altitude604 wrote in post #12413553 (external link)
cool! you captured nice detail in the skin too. looks like a decent sized lizard!

Thank you, he was about a 18" long but still looked pretty young.

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Very cool!

Thanks :cool:


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May 17, 2011 09:14 |  #10

Love the shot. It almost looks like it is grinning!


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May 17, 2011 13:36 |  #11

They are hard to find. I have lived in Tucson most of my life and have only seen two in the wild. It is the time of the year when the lizards and snakes start coming out. I nearly ran onver a rattlesnake last week while moutnain biking. One more inch to the right and it would have been its head. Nice shot.




  
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May 17, 2011 20:56 |  #12

Very Nice picture, It's really crisp and sharp. (They are venomous by the way, not poisonous.) :)



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May 17, 2011 21:19 |  #13

apexman wrote in post #12425852 (external link)
Love the shot. It almost looks like it is grinning!

Yeah he does look like he's smiling. Thanks

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They are hard to find. I have lived in Tucson most of my life and have only seen two in the wild. It is the time of the year when the lizards and snakes start coming out. I nearly ran onver a rattlesnake last week while moutnain biking. One more inch to the right and it would have been its head. Nice shot.

I almost stepped on a Western Diamondback last year up at HoneyBee Canyon. This is the first Gila Monster I've seen in the wild though.

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Very Nice picture, It's really crisp and sharp. (They are venomous by the way, not poisonous.) :)

You are correct they are venomous.


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May 18, 2011 10:26 |  #14

very nice! I see those guys all the time, but never in the wild. I only see them behind glass (i work at the phx zoo)


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May 18, 2011 20:42 |  #15

disneydork06 wrote in post #12433403 (external link)
very nice! I see those guys all the time, but never in the wild. I only see them behind glass (i work at the phx zoo)

Nice I still need to make it up there some day to check out the zoo.


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