Thursday, March 13, 2014

My Scaly Little Buddy Came to Visit

My elusive, shy, rare, but dangerous buddy came out of his hermitage to say hello.  I was walking the dogs out back and we all almost stepped on him.  He was basking on the top of my back step, and stuck around long enough for a photo shoot.

I was careful not to piss him off and make him hiss and lunge at me by standing too close to him this year.


Cheryl Ann said...

OMG! I'm sure I would have screamed. Then I would have run and grabbed my camera! Where does he live? Under your house? How often does he come out?
Cheryl Ann

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Cheryl Ann - We usually see him once a year, but we are unsure if this is the same one we saw in previous years, because it is much skinnier. It could be skinnier because it has been hibernating, or it could be the offspring of the one we've seen in previous years. I hesitate to announce where it lives, because people come here from all over the world to capture these and sell them on the black market.

Cut-N-Jump said...

If you have the pictures of the one from last year, maybe you could compare the pattern of his scales? Then you will know if it is the same one or another one.

I'm not sure if I would want a couple or several around. They are pretty, but I prefer they stay in places where we won't bother each other.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

CNJ - Now you've got me freaked out. I meant to do that -- compare pictures from previous years, and you reminded me. If you search for Gila Monster on my blog, pictures come up from the previous two years, and all three of them look different from each other.

Cut-N-Jump said...

I didn't mean to freak you out, just thought of an obvious way to tell them apart.

I wonder if they are territorial at all. Don't know that I would want them fighting over space or food or anything really, but if it's in their nature- what do you do?

They are still in the same category with me anyways, as a few other species. They just really need to live somewhere else. Somewhere our paths won't cross much if at all.

Brenda said...

That is SO COOL! I've only seen one Gila Monster in the wild and that was out by Saguaro Lake while off-roading. It was the highlight of the day and I wish I was able to see them more often. Even though I live in a desert environment, there's still too many people in my neighborhood so we have none in our backyard.