Here is a photo of a gila monster on my neighbor's rock garden that my puppy Abby spotted last night! I have never seen a Gila Monster in the wild - only at the Desert Museum. To learn more about them and to hear what they sound like, click here. They are poisonous and dangerous to dogs.
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: