This month we revisit our paradoxical friend the Gila Monster (Heloderma Suspectum). Because the morphology of this family of lizards is relatively unchanged from its Miocene ancestors of over 25 million years ago, some consider Holoderma to be living fossils! In the … Continue reading
Here we have pictured the famed Gila Monster, Heloderma suspectum. It is the largest lizard native to the United States, yet at an average length of 10-12 inches including their tale, their moderate size alone is no reason to call them … Continue reading
Found primarily in the Sonoran Desert, the Couch’s spadefoot is named for the elongated, sickle-shaped, horny tubercle on the underside of each rear foot, which it uses to dig itself into the ground. There it remains buried in the soil … Continue reading
We have had reports from several guest about an unusual looking visitor to our water bowl. The description fits. Here’s the lowdown~ The Coati is a raccoon-like omnivore, but is more slender and possesses a longer snout. It is a … Continue reading
Thanks to Prescott guest Judy McCormick for catching this rare moment!
This morning on my 2 mile walk along the Tanque Verde Wash I saw dozens of these distinct lizards. I have never seen so many of them in one outing – they were all over the place! With their rapid … Continue reading
Apparently the egg is malleable enough that the hatchlings can peck a semi-circle and squeeze out without breaking the shell. This was dry and firm when I found it. We have not had nearly as many quail babies this year … Continue reading
I came upon these critters when I moved the trash cans they were hiding behind out for pick-up. Thanks to guest Steven Schlecht, who was celebrating his birthday with us, for the photo!