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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Double Delight

You can't follow this blog and not pick up on the fact that I love Herps. In Arizona there is a 'Holy Grail' that everyone looks out for, the mysterious Gila Monster. How can you not want to see an animal that is legitimately called a monster? They are highly secretive and oh did I mention, they are the only venomous lizard in North America? Needless to say, I have wanted to see one ever since we bought our house. About a year after we bought it my husband was sitting out in the backyard, chatting to me on the phone when one casually trundled onto the patio, needless to say, I was not amused. And so I waited, and waited and the years clicked by. On Friday I was sitting by the pool when what should come strolling towards me but this beautiful character.



Well my year was made, my very own Gila sighting, I was completely delighted. So imagine my incredulity when the next morning I found this outside my front door!



Two different Gila Monsters in two days, it doesn't get any better than this.

6 comments:

Roberta said...

They are very cool looking. We saw one this winter when we were riding the tram down Sabino Canyon. The driver stopped while it crossed the road and we all ooh'd and ahhhh'd.

It was quite spectacular.

Chris Rohrer said...

Congrats! They love your habitat! It's nice to know that they'll be safe at your place away from the traffic.

eileeninmd said...

Celeste, they are cool looking critters. Love the colors and the markings.. I am glad it picked your yard to visit.. Great shots.

Celeste said...

I am so happy you saw one Roberta, they are so spectacular aren't they?

Celeste said...

Very safe Chris, you know how protective I am about my yard ;)

Celeste said...

Thanks Eileen, I was absolutely thrilled :)

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