Gila Monster or Gila Healer?

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

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area – A Southern Arizona hidden treasure that stands out amongst the whole nation!

Did you ever dream of finding a pristine, water-filled wilderness hiding in the deserts of Arizona?  Many creatures have!  Some lucky few have found the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area just outside of Safford, Arizona, one of only two … Continue reading

Music of the Monsoon ~ the amazing Spadefoot Toad!

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