However, previously published reports described an aggressive interaction between Morafka's desert tortoise and a Gila monster
(Heloderma suspectum), where a female tortoise was observed attacking a Gila monster
that tried to raid her nest and eat her eggs (Vaughan, 1984; Barrett and Humphrey, 1986; Zylstra et al.
Since that time, Haxel has seen about a half dozen other Gila Monsters
in Arizona; Nevada; and Sonora, Mexico further confirming his identification of the specimen seen in the Chocolate Mountains.
Consider, for example, what fossils say about the ages of the sandhill crane (10 million years old), the Gila monster
(30 million years old) or the tailed frog (150 million years old).
Below we present a description of a new species of coccidian from captive Gila monsters
at the Dallas Zoo.
Photographs of all known Gila monsters
from California are included herein, most of which have never been published.
Jude McNally, assistant director at the Arizona Poison Control Center, confirms that Gila monsters
can indeed be painfully poisonous.
This place is probably crawling with snakes, gila monsters
, and who-knows-what-else.
Simply gorgeous drawings by John Francis from cover to inside encourage leisure browsing and reading despite a title which sounds quite ordinary: once inside, kids in grades 4-6 will find How Animals Live is packed from cover to cover with inviting natural history facts about a wide range of animals, from jewel fish and wild schools of animals to gila monsters
Killer, Evil or Giant Slugs, Worms, Snowmen, Klowns, Catfish, Frogs, Trolls, Ticks, Christmas Trees, Grasshoppers, Blobs, Elves, Elevators, Gila Monsters
, Leprechauns, Shews, Bats and Rats - plus Attacking Vegetables and Fungi of any kind (including, but not limited to avocados, tomatoes and mushrooms)