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    Cool-blue Rhythm 2016: Reptile Encounters

    It's about to warm up so the creepy crawlers are likely to start showing up any day now. Post pics and reports please.
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    I always love this thread (consider my username). At what temps/time of year do the rattlers begin to make their way out of the dens?
    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madreptilian View Post
    I always love this thread (consider my username). At what temps/time of year do the rattlers begin to make their way out of the dens?
    Hopefully not until March 7th at the earliest. We leave the state on the 6th.

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    I would think that they are already waking up and tempted to venture out. With this forecast week of warm weather coming up, I would expect one of you guys to cross paths with one or more.

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    Nothing yet? Not even a lonely little lizard sighting?
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    I'll post this one till the real ones start appearing.

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    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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    I saw a handful of Lizards at Deems today, nothing worth stopping for a photo...

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    I saw a three inch lizard doing push-ups in Prescott Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    I saw a three inch lizard doing push-ups in Prescott Monday.
    Do you know why he/she was doing that?

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    Practicing for the Prescott Monster?
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    Practicing for the monster or wor
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    Lol, (1) making you understand that this is his/her territory, and (2), to see you better (primitive brain/limited vision).
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    thanks, I have always wondered why they do that. I thought it could have been possibly heat related or something

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    2016: Reptile Encounters-image.jpgThis Tortoise was at Skyline Regional Park yesterday (02/10/2016)
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    ^ Awesome! It's on. If the tortoises are out, then the season has begun.
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    2016: Reptile Encounters-image.jpgSaw a Gila Monster on my ride yesterday at Hawes. First one I've ever personally seen in the wild. Was so stoked ( talking about myself. The lizard wasn't as pleased with me)
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    ^ Outstanding!!!! Let's hope it's going to be another active year (like 2014 was) for the Monsters.

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    Desert patch-nosed snake - Gold Canyon. Not exciting, but first one I've ever seen, and the first reptile I've encoutered this year.

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    Homey, what did you use to take that photo. You look up close.

    seen many in captivity, would be great to come across one in the wild.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChunkyMonkey View Post
    Desert patch-nosed snake - Gold Canyon. Not exciting, but first one I've ever seen, and the first reptile I've encoutered this year.

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    That's the snake I have seen most often out there in AZ but it is an excellent encounter, nonetheless. Thanks for sharing!

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    I chased a few small Blue Belly Leeezzzirds on the trail yesterday. We have an area here where they get especially black in color and have the most incredible iridescent blue bellies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    I chased a few small Blue Belly Leeezzzirds on the trail yesterday. We have an area here where they get especially black in color and have the most incredible iridescent blue bellies.
    I know the type you are referring to. Gorgeous, demonic looking little fellars.

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    They're pretty exclusive to the newer upper trail sections on the Froom Ranch a bit south and part of the network of Irish Hills trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZmuchacho View Post
    Homey, what did you use to take that photo. You look up close.

    seen many in captivity, would be great to come across one in the wild.
    I used my iPhone and I was as close as I could get without scaring him too much.
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    Best I can do for you, Hawg, yesterday afternoon on Quartz Ridge trail, PMP.

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    I've notice more rabbits on the trails this week. Where do they go when it gets cold? Do they hibernate in dens?

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    2016: Reptile Encounters-snakey.jpg

    Yesterday at North Sonoran.

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    Dang, that's a biggin'!

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    That's your full-size! Nice capture. Still feels early to be worrying about rattlers.
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    With this recent sustained heat, it's definitely not too early for rattlers now. Almost got struck by one today, I was going just fast enough (uphill) to avoid it. He was hiding behind a bush and I must have scared him. No pics, it went into the bushes before I could get any.

    Did see this little guy later on though. Quartz Ridge, Gold Canyon. About the size of a football.

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    I saw a lizard out at Hawes the other day. Picture shown is not actual size.

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    Better than most, not as good as some.

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    I dont have pics but saw black desert snake on the staging area to pemb and smallish rattler on the CW downhill to scenic. my only problem were BEES. flowers are out.

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    When it rains, it pours

    More shell-dwellers in Gold Canyon.


    Coyote trail, a little bigger than a pineapple, a bit smaller than yesterday's.
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    Transition trail, about 2/3 the size of the one above. Nearly rode over it, he looked like a rock in the middle of the trail.
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    It's funny how those things (and snakes and some types of lizards, too) just park it right in the middle of the trail.

    This is starting to look like the Year of the Tortoise.
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    Got buzzed by a rattler on the side of the trail at Sonoran north today which was my first "encounter" of the year. Is it too chilly early in the morning for these guys? Wondering why I haven't seen anything yet until today (afternoon ride)


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    Saw this fella on our bikepacking ride Friday out at Hawes. First one I've seen there, No. 9 overall in the past three years.
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    That's fabulous freeskier46, thanks for posting your Monster!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeeter97 View Post
    Got buzzed by a rattler on the side of the trail at Sonoran north today which was my first "encounter" of the year. Is it too chilly early in the morning for these guys? Wondering why I haven't seen anything yet until today (afternoon ride)


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    The time is about right for them to start becoming real active.

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    Finally have something to share from the trail. Seen today. A big ol' fat and long leeeezard!
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    Quote Originally Posted by surfndav View Post
    I saw a lizard out at Hawes the other day. Picture shown is not actual size.

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    had one of those in my backyard this morning


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Finally have something to share from the trail. Seen today. A big ol' fat and long leeeezard!
    That's a Northern Alligator lizard. Excellent find. We have the Southern species where I live which have less distinctive patterning.
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    I have lived here all my life and never seen that big of an alligator lizzard or a gila monster

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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    I have lived here all my life and never seen that big of an alligator lizzard or a gila monster
    That lizard is from out of state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    That's a Northern Alligator lizard. Excellent find. We have the Southern species where I live which have less distinctive patterning.
    Hawg, because someone asked me what it was, I was on CA Herps site last night. I thought "Northern" at first but then I saw the California Alligator Lizard, and more specifically, a specimen from SLO County and it pretty much nailed it. I'm texting my buddy/neighbor that chases lizards and bugs in the field all day, every day, and see what he thinks. He gets paid to know. He's the guy that explained the color variability of our Blue Bellies on our trail network which is right where this big alligator was seen, at a slightly lower elevation near Irish Hills. Waiting on a reply right meow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Hawg, because someone asked me what it was, I was on CA Herps site last night. I thought "Northern" at first but then I saw the California Alligator Lizard, and more specifically, a specimen from SLO County and it pretty much nailed it. I'm texting my buddy/neighbor that chases lizards and bugs in the field all day, every day, and see what he thinks. He gets paid to know. He's the guy that explained the color variability of our Blue Bellies on our trail network which is right where this big alligator was seen, at a slightly lower elevation near Irish Hills. Waiting on a reply right meow!
    Wow, according to the range maps, you're right. It's actually a subspecies of the Southern Alligator lizard. I have to wonder if the species was created by a cross breeding between Northern and Southern Alligator lizards because your lizard has the unmistakable checkerboard head of a Northern but the red on the back is what you see on a Southern. Very interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    That lizard is from out of state.
    How about this out of state Rattler where I ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    It's about to warm up so the creepy crawlers are likely to start showing up any day now. Post pics and reports please.
    3 days of riding so far with turns at FINS, South Mountain, Hawes and McDowell Comp Loops with nary a sighting of anything other than lizards and common birds that appear to be some generic sparrow or finch. We'll give it another shot tomorrow in Cave Creek before heading back West...

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    Quote Originally Posted by k2rider1964 View Post
    3 days of riding so far with turns at FINS, South Mountain, Hawes and McDowell Comp Loops with nary a sighting of anything other than lizards and common birds that appear to be some generic sparrow or finch. We'll give it another shot tomorrow in Cave Creek before heading back West...
    Sounds like you're overdue. Keep a sharp eye open.
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    We rode the Cave Creek Cactus Cup loop today in of all places....Cave Creek. I was a good 1/2 mile plus ahead of the rest of my group and didn't see either one of these guys on my climb up but my friends behind me saw them. I did see a monster jack-rabbit though

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    One of my buddies, the last guy in our group of four actually ran over this guy on the climb. He said he was so tired and focused on the climb that he didn't see it until he was getting ready to go over it. Luckily, he had enough momentum to carry him past the snake. The snake then went into the bushes and took up this defensive position.

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    That damned snake needs to pick up his damned trash. What a pig.

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    They both looked pretty pissed off
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    2016: Reptile Encounters-gila-monster.jpgI saw this guy on Saturday.

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    Almost rolled this guy at GC yesterday. These feisty gopher snakes get a lot of credit for carrying on as they do, despite not having any venom.

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    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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    ^ What a beauty!
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    Even though my encounter was not in AZ, here's my first snake of the year, a 4' San Diego Gopher snake. I spent a little time with her. Very calm, very mellow. No hissing, striking, or biting.
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    What did you two talk about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    What did you two talk about?
    The mystery of life.
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    Did you mention Chipotle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Did you mention Chipotle?
    Here's a better view of her.

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    Cool! She was lonnnng!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Here's a better view of her.

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    Very nice specimen. I considered picking up mine, but he was pissed, so I left him alone. This is my third gopher snake I've encountered in AZ. All of them have been pretty testy. But I'm happy to encounter them any day over the rattlers.
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    Saw this guy at Brown's Ranch near cathedral rock.


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    today at hawes i saw a diamondback that was sand colored and had no diamonds. he had the black and white tail and the viper head, but he was almost the same color as the trail and i didnt hear him till he rattled.
    i cant imagine an albino ANYTHING would survive thru a summer in AZ, and this guy was definitely not a baby

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhairmike View Post
    today at hawes i saw a diamondback that was sand colored and had no diamonds. he had the black and white tail and the viper head, but he was almost the same color as the trail and i didnt hear him till he rattled.
    i cant imagine an albino ANYTHING would survive thru a summer in AZ, and this guy was definitely not a baby
    How long was it?
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    4-5' and girthy.. uploading video now



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    Quote Originally Posted by longhairmike View Post
    4-5' and girthy.. uploading video now
    Oh, goodie! This is going to be a major treat!
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    cant zoom for crap on a gopro,, anything more than 10' away seems like a mile

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhairmike View Post
    cant zoom for crap on a gopro,, anything more than 10' away seems like a mile
    Gotta get CLOSER.
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    When I went to the rattlesnake museum in New Mexico, they had about 8 different subspecies of the western diamondback on display. Each one looked like anything, but a diamond back. I had no idea the broad range of variation in color and pattern.
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    Saw this Gila Monster on the Black Canyon Trial on 3/5/16.
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    Then there is this centipede munching on a rattlesnake over on the new Skyline Trails.
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    ^ Whoa!!!!

    You could put a saddle on that thing and ride it.
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    Woah! is right!! How big is that bug?!!

    I'm Centipede-ignant. Are those harmful to humans? We have nothing of the sort around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Woah! is right!! How big is that bug?!!

    I'm Centipede-ignant. Are those harmful to humans? We have nothing of the sort around here.
    I had a pretty big one come up out of my shower drain when i turned on the water. he ran up the shower curtain super fast. They can truck pretty good with all those little legs moving together.

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    GEEZUZ! Okay...now that sounds like a hideous sci-fi movie scene. Do they bite the peeplez or harmless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    GEEZUZ! Okay...now that sounds like a hideous sci-fi movie scene. Do they bite the peeplez or harmless?



    They bite but it's rarely (almost never) fatal.
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    GEEZUZ! Okay...now that sounds like a hideous sci-fi movie scene. Do they bite the peeplez or harmless?
    Everything bites out here and causes swelling it seems. I got bit on my leg by a little tiny green spider yesterday while riding and now my calf is the size of a small melon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetman46 View Post
    Then there is this centipede munching on a rattlesnake over on the new Skyline Trails.
    Gruesome. Love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetman46 View Post
    Then there is this centipede munching on a rattlesnake over on the new Skyline Trails.
    WTF is that.....

    heading to Sedona in 2 weeks....wanted to get a taste for the wildlife with this thread.

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    Im coming to Sedona with WoodstockMT.. Any sightings in Sedona? What should we expect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HTJEM View Post
    Im coming to Sedona with WoodstockMT.. Any sightings in Sedona? What should we expect?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetman46 View Post
    Then there is this centipede munching on a rattlesnake over on the new Skyline Trails.
    I had a bunch of those at my house back in Eastern Oklahoma. Caught this one inside the house, but let it go since I learned they help control the scorpion population lol. Was 8" long, and the body not including the legs, was 1" wide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhairmike View Post
    today at hawes i saw a diamondback that was sand colored and had no diamonds. he had the black and white tail and the viper head, but he was almost the same color as the trail and i didnt hear him till he rattled.
    i cant imagine an albino ANYTHING would survive thru a summer in AZ, and this guy was definitely not a baby
    I've seen one that I thought was albino as well at McDowell last year. I was surprised how light the color was. I could barely make out the diamonds.

    Ratters come in many colors, the Phoenix zoo has got a good collection of them.

    I always wonder how many I've passed that I've not seen....
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    We have these in VT. Very rare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdss View Post
    I've seen one that I thought was albino as well at McDowell last year. I was surprised how light the color was. I could barely make out the diamonds.

    Ratters come in many colors, the Phoenix zoo has got a good collection of them.

    I always wonder how many I've passed that I've not seen....
    Colors can vary depending on how recent their last shedding was.

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    in real life,, its rabbit papilomavirus that causes the keratin growths (kind of like the bangledesh "tree-man') that eventually get so bad that they can no longer eat
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    Quote Originally Posted by seandm View Post
    Everything bites out here and causes swelling it seems. I got bit on my leg by a little tiny green spider yesterday while riding and now my calf is the size of a small melon.
    Wow, pics?
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    Ohhh Myyy GAWWWWWD!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Wow, pics?
    Swelling has died down alot with benadryl, but the rash is still there. I get bit all the time by insects out here, sometimes my leg swells up to where the swelling goes down to my foot and up to my knee.

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    Yesterday at Phx Sonoran Preserve I rolled up on this guy just stretched out on a fairly busy connector trail. I stopped and tried to guide him off trail. He slowly and without a rattle complied and headed into a hole under some cactus about three feet off the trail. By the time I left, he was completely hidden save for about 3 inches of tail.

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    ^ Magnificent close ups!
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    Looks like he was ready to drink a beer with you guys.
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    Prescott stinging caterpiller

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    Everything bites out here and causes swelling it seems.
    I agree. Last year I brushed up against some overgrowth that's typical in Prescott during late summer. One of these guys stuck to my sock and stung the @#$% out of me through my sock. It had multiple stingers. Burned like crazy. I had to use a tool to get him off of me. Was stuck kind of like a cholla ball gets stuck. Left a giant red burning rash for a week. So if you're in Prescott and see one of these things clung to something. Ride around it. (Web pic):
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    A couple of big Desert Iguanas and an odd, unknown beetle from the Lake Havasu area.
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    This guy was not happy when I tried to coax him away from the trail yesterday...

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