Saturday, March 1, 2008

guess what i saw?!

Gila Monster Heloderma suspectum
If provoked, the shy and reclusive Gila Monster strikes back with a tenacious, venomous bite. The lizard’s venom flows from glands in its lower jaws, along grooves in its teeth, and into the bite wound. Most of its prey, such as rabbits and rodents, are quickly killed by its powerful jaws. This large, heavy-bodied species is one of only two types of venomous lizards and is found in the southwestern United States
i got a little lost today during my long run.... i ended up climbing many big mountains and not really running at all -- for almost 2 hours! somehow found myself on a side road were i ran into two ladies walking their dog... the lead me back in the right direction and pointed out the gila monster.... i was saying how cute it was, and they were looking at me like i had two heads....
i didnt know that they were actually quite dangerous if provoked... '
this one was about two feet long, but was moving very slowly... i guess you have to be pretty close for them to bite you...

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