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    Couple pics of carrot-tailed chuckwallas at Somo

    Thought it was a gila monster when I first saw it, but upon further review I guess it's a lizard that is specific to South Mountain.

    We were hanging out at waterfall for a while watching this thing run around the rocks when we noticed there were about a half dozen more visible on the tops of the rocks. There were even some smaller green ones too and they were hanging out in couples. Don't know if it was mating season or what, but it was pretty surreal. They were chomping on the yellow flowers that were drying out on the palo verdes (Sp?) as well. Enjoy!
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    sweet, yea i think they're some kind of desert iguana... rad little creatures, they puff up all crazy underneath rocks when threatened so they can't be pulled out..

    sweet pics btw
    i like these odds....

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    Very cool pics !

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    Sweet shots. I see those a lot around South Mountain but have never had a camera handy

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    That's Chuckzilla if he was by the waterfall. Never seen them in trees. Great photos!

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    That is COOL!!! Nice photo!!!!........Drew

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    Cool I've yet to see one of these guys. What time of day do these guys come out and play typically?

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    I'm really not sure if it was a special or something (cuz I saw at least half a dozen of em), but that guy was hanging around out there at about 10 :30, and it must have been in the mid 80's already by then.

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    Cool, have seen them before, just never knew what they were. I also thought they were Gila's................

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    That's cool! They don't look like they were really designed to climb the palo verdes.

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    most chuckwallas have a yellow tail, south mountain is the only place that they are orange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsittman
    Cool I've yet to see one of these guys. What time of day do these guys come out and play typically?
    Typically in the AM, but afternoon I've seen 'em out and about. never seen them in the trees munching down.
    i like these odds....

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    That munching in the tree shot is pretty sweet.
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    nice pics dan!!!

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    I just saw one of these with my son in a wash near the mountain park ranch public pool. They seem to be venturing farther south.

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    Another great spot is the TV tower road heading toward the Gila Lookout. Just past the spot where National crosses the road, you will see tons of these guys in the rocks on either side of the road. They will jam themselves in the cracks of the rocks and puff up their bodies to wedge themselves in there. It is a defense mechanism for them.

    I have NEVER seen one in a tree. That is too cool!

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