|Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee)
|Date Taken: 2011-08-20|
|Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-08-20 23:58|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
The Gila monster is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. A heavy, slow-moving lizard, up to 60 cm (2.0 ft) long, the Gila monster is the only venomous lizard native to the United States and one of only two known species of venomous lizards in North America, the other being its close relative, the Mexican beaded lizard (H. horridum). Though the Gila monster is venomous, its sluggish nature means that it represents little threat to humans. However, it has earned a fearsome reputation and is sometimes killed despite being protected by state law in Arizona and Nevada.
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- [2011-08-21 1:25]
good closeup. nice lighting. good sharpness and wonderful species. tfs.
nice gila capture, TFS Ori
- [2011-08-22 18:47]
This is one intimidating looking lizard. I know they are a slow moving creature, but they just look scary. Very attractive composition and beautiful natural coloration.
Whenever I make a trip out west I always hope to run into one of these guys, but so far I haven't had any luck. Thank you for posting this wonderful photo of this particular fellow.
Always great to get a glimpse of these beautifully beaded rare species. The dorsal view is a very pleasing perspective when photographing this unique animal. You managed very well. I was fortunate enough to find one by Elephant Ear Rock in Arizona. :)