Gila Monster


Erwin Baer / Prescott, Arizona Unknown 1100.2021.4001.jpg Days Past Collection B&W 1100-2021-4041 1100.2021.4001 Print 4x6 Historic Photographs c. 1888 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives


The Gila Monster (also known as the Aztec Lizard) is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. A heavy, typically slow-moving lizard, up to 60 cm (2.0 ft) long, the Gila Monster is the only venomous lizard native to the United States.

This photo is a cropped version of photo 1010.0019.0004 from the Sharlot Hall Museum Library & Archives and was used in the Days Past article for October 2, 2021.


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