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Local Desert Gila Monster

May 9th, 2012 by tucsonbb

Non-agressive Gila Monster

Gila Monsters are now out of their burrows for the summer so, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see one if  hiking in the desert.  They are poisonous but won’t bite unless handled incorrectly or unless you surprise them by putting your hand under a bush or rock where they are hiding.  Enjoy their beautiful colors and let them alone to find their mate and put on weight for their winter hibernation.  They were named for their early sightings along the Gila River and reminded some of monsters.  They are really slow moving gentle giants about 12-18 inches long who only yearn to be left alone to mind their own business.  This one lives on the 16 acre property of Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast and was photographed by a guest.