Sunday, May 5, 2013

Our Second Gila Monster Sighting

We had our second Gila Monster sighting in the year since we moved to Arizona.  My husband was taking the dogs outside off leash to do their business and quickly called them back into the house.  He told me to grab my camera.  Of course, my camera wasn't set up correctly, so the first few pictures didn't come out at all, but I managed to get a few in the seconds before it disappeared under our porch.


Here it whipped around and hissed at me.  I jumped back and screamed, which is why the picture is so blurry...



Bye bye, pretty guy.

11 comments:

Marissa Rose said...

HOLY CRAP. What the heck is that thing!!

He's so pretty. I've never heard of these things though, it looks like a massive lizard. Or, actually, a small crocodile. Do they have any threat to humans? I hope not, he's to pretty to chase away or get rid of!

Mikey said...

That is awesome! I love those creatures. I've seen two in 15 yrs, so I'm thinking you're pretty lucky!!
Love those patterns on them. The color is amazing. Super cool!!!

Christie Maszkiewicz said...

Scary because he's a venomous lizard but beautiful because....wow, he's just beautiful!

Cheryl Ann said...

Ack! I would scream, too!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Marissa Rose - Gila Monsters are dangerous. They are venomous like snakes and have the crushing bite of a crocodile or alligator. They are an endangered species and protected by the government. It's pretty rare to see one, none-the-less two in one year.

Cut-N-Jump said...

The wildlife here is amazing when you can actually catch it in the natural habitat. Although I'm not sure I would want one of those under my porch or house, they are pretty and fascinating to watch. At a safe distance.

I have even gotten to see a tarantula out in the desert once. The big fuzzy spider was pretty cool. Not that I would want one of those around either! Just sayin'

We have our share of scorpions already- killed 11 in 2 days last weekend. A bit much for my liking.

gowestferalwoman said...

When i see the critters you have living under your porch (its seems its YOUR porch, probably no one elses in the neighborhood - lucky YOU...) I am grateful I did not grow up as a child in Arizona...either I would be dead from the poisonous things, or I would have been called "emergency room feral kid"...Im trouble enough as an adult...

SheMovedtoTexas said...

Holy crap. I would scream at that thing too!

Grey Horse Matters said...

They're definitely cool looking but I wouldn't want to be bitten by one! I've never seen one in person and I used to be in Arizona deserts a lot. Wonder how fast they are?

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

GHM - They're pretty slow moving. People who get bit only get bit because they try to pick them up.

achieve1dream said...

Under your porch? Eek! They are beautiful though! That's so cool that you got to see two in one year. :)