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Gila Monster

Heloderma suspectum


This was my lifer gila monster, and right up there with chameleons as being the coolest lizards I've seen. This is a juvenile that just hatched out this past spring. Being a juvenile, the colors are more vivid. The skin is beaded and banded black and pink. The tongue has a large fork on it, as seen in the 4th photo.


Found crossing the road in the morning at the base of the Chiricuahua mountains.

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AshleyT 6 years ago

Yep, like a fingerprint! I loved the much more vivid colors on this little guy than the adult had, much prettier in my opinion :)

armadeus.4 6 years ago

It doesn't pours :D 3 encounters, even if 2 were with the same one is pretty cool. So, each individual has it's own unique pattern - like a fingerprint?

AshleyT 6 years ago

Thanks armadeus! I actually had 3 encounters with gila monsters in this one day, and oddly enough the first 2 encounters both ended up being this same individual, and were 7 hours apart! I was able to determine that by comparing his pattern, they each have their own unique pattern :) Then I found an adult a few hours later at this same exact spot! Was a pretty exciting day :)

armadeus.4 6 years ago

Whoa! This little guy is fantastic!!! I so want to see one in real life!!! Way cool! I'm so pleased you finally got to see one Ashley. Thank you so much for sharing :)

AshleyT 7 years ago

Thanks guys, it was one of the top things on my list to find and so glad I got to see one!

Hema 7 years ago

you are so so lucky :)

KarenSaxton 7 years ago

I've always wanted to go to the chiricuahua mntns for the hummingbirds... but a Gila Monster is way freaking cool!

EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Too awesome for words!

AshleyT 7 years ago

Thanks Antonio :)

Very nice series ashley these guys are awesome,congrats and thanks for sharing

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Spotted on Sep 1, 2014
Submitted on Sep 22, 2014

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