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Wynona - 2011-07-24
You didn't mention Gila Monsters living in Texas, but when I was about twelve [late 1960s] I lived in a rural area near Colorado City, Texas and my mother and I used to watch one that came out to sun on our cellar door. It was about 15-16 inches long and we saw it off and on for several years. I remember my mother telling me to never try to catch or pet it, but just leave it alone and enjoy watching it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-25
    That's neat. I can watch bears from my window but I am not going out to pet them.
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Mark - 2010-05-30
Am I required to have a license to own or raise Gilas in Utah? (Captive bred)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-26
    You have to call whatever is your Fish and Game there and ask. The name is different in various states but the SPCA would know the name. Rules are also different in various counties within a state also (if you can believe that). I had a license which wound up good for anything except a pig. A little pig I could not have but I could have a gorilla. Go figure. No, I did not have a gorilla.
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Doug - 2009-06-26
We spotted one here in Tucson, AZ. I named him Fred.


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jay - 2007-05-16
Gila monsters are a protected species under Arizona state law in the United States, and may not be killed, or kept in captivity without a license. They are listed as a threatened species under the United States Federal Endangered Species Act, as well as in Mexico. It is against Arizona State law to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect this animal or any attempt to engage in such conduct. I just saw one wandering around outside my house the other day.

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jeff - 2007-04-29
I have enjoyed keeping these heloderms, they are a beautiful and fascinating animal. If you are experienced and give these lizards the respect they deserve, you can enjoy many years with these low maintenance animals.

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