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Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:39 PM

what is pink and black and LOVES eggs?

I live in the middle of nowhere in a very old house. the doors and windows are "leaky" even when closed, but this time of year the house is basically just shade in the day - it is pretty open, even though there are screens.

there have been all manner of venomous critters in this house at one time or another, in fact I got it good by a scorpion Wednesday night. there have been toads and centipedes and even two or three rattlesnakes, lots of blood sucking things like mosquitos and cone-nose kissing bugs. but tonight we had/have a real beauty.

tonight was the first time in my entire life that a Gila Monster, was not only in the yard, but it even decided to come on into the living room for a visit.





so I decided to feed it some dinner and will relocate in the morning or tomorrow evening.





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Reply what is pink and black and LOVES eggs? (Original post)
Kali Jun 2015 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2015 #1
Kali Jun 2015 #3
ailsagirl Jun 2015 #2
Kali Jun 2015 #5
progressoid Jun 2015 #4
Kali Jun 2015 #6
progressoid Jun 2015 #7
riderinthestorm Jun 2015 #8
Kali Jun 2015 #17
Autumn Jun 2015 #9
Kali Jun 2015 #18
Blue_Tires Jun 2015 #10
Kali Jun 2015 #19
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2015 #27
Kali Jun 2015 #29
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2015 #11
Kali Jun 2015 #20
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2015 #22
Kali Jun 2015 #31
Solly Mack Jun 2015 #12
Kali Jun 2015 #21
Solly Mack Jun 2015 #26
Kali Jun 2015 #30
Solly Mack Jun 2015 #33
Kali Jun 2015 #35
Solly Mack Jun 2015 #36
Kali Jun 2015 #32
Solly Mack Jun 2015 #34
brer cat Jun 2015 #13
Kali Jun 2015 #23
PRB Jun 2015 #14
Kali Jun 2015 #24
a la izquierda Jun 2015 #15
Kali Jun 2015 #25
a la izquierda Jun 2015 #37
GoCubsGo Jun 2015 #16
Kali Jun 2015 #28

Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:42 PM

1. Aww, he's cute. I love lizards.

I thought Gila monsters were bigger than that, or is this a baby?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:57 PM

3. yeah he seems a bit small, maybe half grown? or a bit more?

a few years ago we had one around that got picked up off a road - that one was maybe a third again as big. and I have seen them occasionally when out and about, usually on a cloudy summer day.

this guy's tail is pretty thin so I am guessing he/she? is needing a little food. today we had quite a bit of thunder and a tiny bit of rain. lots of small toads out tonight too. probably what he was looking for. that or chicken eggs that sometimes get laid under one bush in the yard.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:42 PM

2. Wow!!

He is a beauty!!

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:58 PM

5. they really are

and not as rare as people think, but this was a first LOL

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:58 PM

4. Uh, scorpions?

I can deal with most critters, but I don't think I would like to meet a scorpion.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:59 PM

6. not my favorites either.

makes for a shitty nights sleep, I will tell ya!

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Response to Kali (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 10:05 PM

7. Of course it would keep my mother in law from visiting.

She once saw just the skin a garter snake had shed and ran out of the yard.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 10:20 PM

8. OMG!!! Scary!! You are so much braver than me!!!

 

Eek!!!





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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #8)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:14 PM

17. not about some things!

we all have some kind of phobias.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 10:46 PM

9. What a beauty.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #9)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:15 PM

18. they are, aren't they?

freaking pink and black like some kind of Hollywood fashion outfit!

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:24 PM

10. scorpions? where the hell do you live?

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:21 PM

19. in southeast Arizona

on an old family ranch. yee haw!

check this out from a few years ago:


if you look close you can see the babies on her back and one down by the roller




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Response to Kali (Reply #19)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:27 PM

27. I think if I found a scorpion on my TP

I would be hysterical for hours. Normally, creepy-crawlies don't upset me too much but I DO NOT WANT SCORPIONS ON MY TP.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #27)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:30 PM

29. that was an odd one for sure

the one and only time I have seen it happen.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:31 PM

11. Nice pictures, my dear Kali....

You must have nerves of steel. Not around this cute little guy.........but scorpions and snakes!

Did it eat the egg?

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:23 PM

20. yes it ate the whole thing during the night

it filled up on some of the white and this morning the rest was gone. I just got back from letting it go about a mile below the house. I read that they can travel and it might come back, but they are slow and VERY noticeable so not a big deal if it does.

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Response to Kali (Reply #20)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:24 PM

22. If it remembers that you fed it.............It might be back!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #22)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:34 PM

31. it might, I just wouldn't want it to get run over in the driveway

it may have been around here for years, who knows? some years you see them out a lot and then you can go for 5 or 6 years and never see one.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:42 PM

12. He's adorable and you're a sweetie!

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #12)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:23 PM

21. they are pretty cool

that is for sure.

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Response to Kali (Reply #21)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:27 PM

26. That toxic problem is a little bit of a mood killer though.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #26)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:32 PM

30. eh they puff up and hiss but it is pretty hard to make them even bite a stick

I picked that one up with a plastic grabber tool and it didn't even try to bite it. I have picked them up with a glove on and same, hisses but doesn't actually bite.

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Response to Kali (Reply #30)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:38 PM

33. Oh, don't tell me that! Now I want to hold one.

You get the best critters around your house.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #33)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:41 PM

35. ha!

and then there are the imaginary ones the neighbor sees

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12141123

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Response to Kali (Reply #35)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:44 PM

36. And it seems you have interesting neighbors as well!

lol

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #26)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:35 PM

32. oh yeah,

I think they were making some kind of diabetes drug out of the venom, or something like that. I will have to go ask the google.

found it - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070709175815.htm

Exenatide, a drug that is a synthetic form of a substance found in Gila monster saliva, led to healthy sustained glucose levels and progressive weight loss among people with type 2 diabetes who took part in a three-year study.

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Response to Kali (Reply #32)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:39 PM

34. Cool! Thanks! I'll pass that along to a relative of mine.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 01:44 AM

13. His markings are beautiful.

You are braver than I am.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #13)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:24 PM

23. those markings are wild aren't they?

eh, I am probably scared of something you take in stride every day!

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 02:36 AM

14. Holy crap

 

We only had black snakes in our yard when it got hot. They were trying to get in the basement. They were big ones--about 6 feet.

Gila Monsters in your living room though? That is totally different. Like some kind of movie.

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Response to PRB (Reply #14)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:25 PM

24. this place is kind of a movie alright

part horror show, part nature documentary and a big dose of slapstick comedy!

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 06:43 AM

15. Wow! Gorgeous!

I love lizards. Could live without scorpions or spiders though. Yuck.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #15)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:26 PM

25. spiders don't bother me at all

and if the freaking scorpions wouldn't be so touchy and aggressive they wouldn't bother me either.

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Response to Kali (Reply #25)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 07:09 AM

37. Spiders are my irrational fear.

Okay, maybe not so irrational since a fiddleback killed my dog (slowly and painfully). I've gotten a little better over the years with them, but I always feel like spiders are eyeballing me. Even though we rarely kill any!

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 02:44 PM

16. Normally, I'd say "Cool!!!!"

But, I wouldn't want one of those fuckers in my house, either. I understand they pretty much have to chew their venom into you. However, I sure as hell wouldn't want test it. That being said, I'm happy to hear that you are relocating it, rather than killing it like many would.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #16)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 09:28 PM

28. I can't believe anybody would kill them??!!!

they are nothing like a rattlesnake. I understand why people kill them and I confess I do too,when they come in the yard (or the house!)

Gila Monsters are just cool as hell, I could never kill one.

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