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    Monsters running amok out GR way!

    A few critters from this evenings ride.
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    Cool!!! Where's the mountain lion pic??? He was in the bushes huh?

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    so cool. You should buy a lottery ticket. I have lived in Tucson all my life(35 years ) and only seen one Gila Monster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suvlako
    so cool. You should buy a lottery ticket. I have lived in Tucson all my life(35 years ) and only seen one Gila Monster.
    Man you need to get out more.
    I just ran across my first baby gila the other day at Sweetwater.

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    NATURE!
    good stuff SD, I've always wanted to see a Gila Monster in the wild. Was he in a wash, or near a water source?

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    Cool!

    I've seen 2 Gilas, one at Dreamy Draw (weird) and one on South Mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmarkos
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    good stuff SD, I've always wanted to see a Gila Monster in the wild. Was he in a wash, or near a water source?

    Just truckin' it along the trail. They are fairly common out this way; in fact this year I have seen more Gila's than rattle snakes.

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    I have yet to see one out there I want to real bad though. They r my Fav. Lizards!
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    gilas are cool. i saw two in 08 at mmp comp loops. haven't seen any since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by latedropbob
    Cool!!! Where's the mountain lion pic??? He was in the bushes huh?
    no, he was not in the bushes, but comfortably perched on a bench by the bike path, patiently waiting for prey to pass by. i was lucky - i survived!
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    See them pretty often on National on SoMo, usually about half way from Pima Canyon and Buena Vista on the right. They always quickly duck into rocks. Nice pics!

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    heres the one in my yard last year...


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    I've seen 4 or so Gila's in the last couple years of riding. We saw this fellow on the Pistol Hill to Three Bridges section of the AZTrail this past Saturday. He was quite grumpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tls36
    See them pretty often on National on SoMo, usually about half way from Pima Canyon and Buena Vista on the right. They always quickly duck into rocks. Nice pics!

    There is a good chance you are seeing some black body/orange tail chuckwalla's in that part of somo too. I talked to an ASU Grad student out there a few years ago who was studying the population of chuckwallas at somo, These guys get into tight spots on rock and puff thier torso up to wedge them selves into the rock, so predators can't get them.

    He told me, as far as he knew, chuckwalla's of this color only lived at somo (part of what he was researching). I've seen chuckwallas in cave creek, that are silver/gray/black, so who knows, he might have been on to something.

    Gila Monsters are cool. I saw one on the connector between the tech and long loop at MMRP this spring.

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