Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Back Off Man! I’ve Got A Black Mouth!

Little baby gila monsters are pretty cute, especially when they’re trying to be scary. If you’ve ever seen a gila in the wild, you know that they’re not very fast at all. This is their threat display – hissing and display of a black inner mouth, which is about all they’ve really got unless one manages to get ahold of you. That is pretty easy to avoid, however, since touching these in any way is illegal, and there has never been a gila monster bite that hasn’t been fully deserved by the ‘victim’.

This is 1 of 3 gilas seen this evening (along with a coralsnake and 5 species of rattlesnake). Yes, we were happy.


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