Animals of Phoenix

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    Mexican Wolf

    Mexican Wolf
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Mexican Wolf. Mexican Wolf Picture © Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    Photos of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix Area

    The photos of animals and reptiles in this Photo Gallery were taken mostly in the greater Phoenix area and submitted by local residents, or people who were visiting the area. If you took a great picture or two, and want to submit them for inclusion into the Phoenix Creature Photo Gallery, here's how you do it. When you send in your animal pictures, please tell me what kind of creature it is (if you know!) and the general area where you saw it.

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    Rabbits

    Arizona Rabbits
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Rabbits in Scottsdale. Rabbits © Judy Hedding

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    Lizard

    Arizona Lizard
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Colorful lizard at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Lizard Picture © Judy Hedding

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    Prairie Dog

    Prairie Dog
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Prairie dog. Prairie Dog Picture © Judy Hedding

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    Bobcats

    Arizona Bobcats
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Bobcats in Fountain Hills. Bobcats Picture © Terri, used with permission.

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    Arizona Coyote

    Coyote
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Coyote, seen in the vicinity of Westbrook Village Golf Course. Coyote Picture © Phil Pritchard, used with permission

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    Arizona Honey Bee

    Honey Bee
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Honey bee foraging. © Dee Kirkhart of Premier Pest Mgmt, used with permission.

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    Remember--not all honey bees are killer bees!

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    Blonde Tarantula

    Arizona Blonde Tarantula
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Blonde Tarantula. © Dee Kirkhart of Premier Pest Mgmt, used with permission.

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    The Blonde Tarantula is also known as the Desert Blonde Tarantula, the Mexican Blonde Tarantula, or the Arizona blond tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes). It is found in the Sonoran Desert, where Phoenix is located. It's large compared to most tarantulas, measuring between 3 and 4 inches. The Arizona blond tarantula is typically found around saguaros, and are seen most often during our rainy monsoon.

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    Sunspider

    Sun Spider
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Sunspider or Windscorpion. © Dee Kirkhart of Premier Pest Mgmt, used with permission.

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    Sunspiders (or sun spiders) or also called Windscorpions, even though they aren't spiders and aren't scorpions. Sunspiders are arachnids, like the scorpion. Sunspiders are 1 to 3 inches long and are yellow or tan in color. They have no venom, but those pincers are pretty stoing and can hurt! Sun spiders spend most of their time underground and are active beginning in May and through the rainy Arizona monsoon months.

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    Gila Monster

    Gila Monster
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. The Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) can be over a foot long. It's a big lizard, and it is venomous. It is slow moving and burrows underground. Bites can be painful, but are rarely fatal. Seek medical attention if you are bitten by a gila monster. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

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    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Spider

    Spider
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona Unidentified spider in the Tucson desert. Spider Picture © Tone Garot, used with permission

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    Sun Spider

    Sun Spider
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona A Sun Spider in the Tucson desert. Sun Spider Picture © Tone Garot, used with permission

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    Arizona Lizard

    Arizona Lizard
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona An unidentified lizard seen in Tucson. Lizard Picture © Tone Garot, used with permission

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    Tucson Butterfly

    Butterfly
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona Butterfly in the Tucson desert. Butterfly Picture © Tone Garot, used with permission

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    A Pair of Javelinas

    Javelina
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Javelina Picture © Brad Lawrence, used with permission

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    Those aren't pigs on this north Scottsdale golf course. They are Collared Peccaries, also known as Javelina. They like to feed on the prickly pear cactus.

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    Sonoran Collared Lizard

    Sonoran Collared Lizard
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. A Sonoran Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus nebrius) on the rocks in front of a home in Prescott, Arizona. Lizard Picture © Tony Perrino, used with permission

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    Desert Spiny Lizard

    Desert Spiny Lizard
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus magister) in Prescott, Arizona. Lizard Picture © Tony Perrino, used with permission

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    Tarantula

    Gold Canyon Tarantula
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona A tarantula in Gold Canyon, Arizona. Tarantula Picture © Mike White, used with permission.

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    Sonoran Desert Toad

    Sonoran Desert Toad
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona From the photographer: "After monsoon rains in 2008 this large and reportedly toxic toad appeared at residence adjoining the south side of South Mountain Park at approximately 30th Ave. & Pecos in Phoenix, AZ.". © Derrick A. Denis, used with permission

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    Horned Toad

    Horned Toad
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona A horned toad in Tubac, Arizona. © Len Nowak, used with permission

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    Arizona Giant Centipede

    Arizona Giant Centipede
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona Arizona Giant Centipede. Tubac, Arizona. © Len Nowak, used with permission

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    The Arizona Giant Centipede (Scolopendra heros arizonensis) is venomous, and can grow to up to about 8" long. It is commonly seen in our desert during the summer monsoon.

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    Horse Lubber Grasshopper

    Horse Lubber Grasshopper
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona Horse Lubber Grasshopper (Taeniopoda eques) in Tubac, Arizona. © Len Nowak, used with permission

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    Tarantula

    Arizona Tarantula
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona From the photographer: "This guy was sunning himself as we approached on the Go John Trail today in North Phoenix. We’ve seen them out there in the past when the temperature is in the high 70’s like today. He’s about 4 inches front to back.". Tarantula Picture © Brad Lawrence, used with permission.

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    Ground Squirrel

    Ground Squirrel
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona Ground Squirrel at Usery Park. From the photographer: "It was a pretty warm day and this little guy just flattened himself out on the cool concrete under our picnic table.". © Kirk A. White, used with permission

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    Honey Bee

    Honey Bee
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona A honey bee with the pollen sacks almost full. Photo taken in Anthem Park, Anthem, AZ. © Paul Brochner, used with permission

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    Sphinx Moth

    Sphinx Moth
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona Sphinx moth near Blue Ridge Reservoir in Northern Arizona. (Contact the photographer at elainebarkl@yahoo.com for permission to use this photo.). © Elaine Barkl, used with permission.

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    Bee Hive

    Bee Hive
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona From the photographer: "This swarm of bees was temporarily resting around sunset in a Mesquite tree in the median of Pecos Road at around 17th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona.". © Derrick A. Denis, Used with permission

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    Sun Spiders

    Sun Spiders Picture
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona From the photographer: "Pool filters in AZ are great places to find interesting creatures. Here's a photo of two Sun Spiders that I recently found in my pool in N. Scottsdale.". Sun Spiders Picture © Levi Singleton, used with permission

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    Moth at DBG

    Night moth
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona Night moth at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. © Cindy Alvarez, used with permission

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    Black Bellied Barbados Sheep

    Black Bellied Barbados Sheep
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona. © Derrick A. Denis, used with permission.

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    From the photographer: "Here's an animal you don't see wandering the Arizona desert every day. It has the body characteristics of a sheep, but is covered with hair resembling that of a deer rather than wool.It was a real challenge to identify, because as the name implies, its not from around here. This Black Bellied Barbados Sheep has lived behind my house on South Mountain Park for over a year now. It is a domestic species, so this individual must have escaped a nearby farm (further supported by the presence of a tag its' right ear). Apparently, this species is heat tolerant and able to thrive on poor forage. So, it should be able to live a long (albeit lonely) life frolicking in our enormous city park."

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    Gila Monster

    Gila Monster
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Gila Monster Picture © Brad Lawrence, used with permission.

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    From the photographer: "We were hiking Go John out in Cave Creek Recreation Area and had an interesting afternoon. Halfway through the hike I noticed the cactus wrens were scolding something profusely, so I slowed and almost immediately spotted a diamond back smack dab on the trail in the coiled position. After 5 minutes I encouraging him to get off the trail and we walked another couple of miles and overtook a Gila monster. We had cell phone camera so I got up close to take his portrait. Cute little guy making his way down the trail walking awkwardly with his webbed feet; he was about 14”. We had to wait for him to exit before we continued."

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    Prescott Lizard

    Lizard Picture
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Lizard on a rock in Prescott, AZ. Lizard Picture © Tony Perrino, used with permission

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    Regal Horned Lizard

    Regal Horned Lizard
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona There are about 10 species of horned lizard that can be found in Maricopa County. This is probably a Regal Horned Lizard. It squirts blood from its eyes when threatened. This photo was taken after the photographer's Shih tzu discovered the horned lizard. © Marsha Caristi, used with permission.

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    From the photographer: "He measured about 5 inches. He was a big guy. I live ... on the back side of the Catalina Mountains backed up to State Park."

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    Gila Monster

    Gila Monster
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix Area Gila Monster in Wickenburg, Arizona. Gila Monster Picture © Justin West, used with permission.

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    Desert Tortoise

    Desert Tortoise in Wickenburg, Arizona.
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix Area Desert Tortoise in Wickenburg, Arizona. Desert Tortoise Picture © Justin West, used with permission.

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    Two Tarantulas in New River

    Two Tarantulas
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona From the photographer: "I found these in New River AZ. We where cleaning debris from a home and found them in separate places. I put them together on the tree.". Tarantulas © Eduardo Martinez, used with permission.

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    Arizona Coyote

    Coyote in Fountain Hills
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. From the photographer: "Coyote stopping by for a drink in Fountain Hills,". Coyote Picture © Beverly Warembourg, used with permission.

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    Arizona Javelina (Collared Peccary)

    Javelina in Fountain Hills
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Javelina are often mistakenly referred to as pigs, but they are actually in the peccary family. Javelina Picture © Beverly Warembourg, used with permission.

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    Coyote Pups

    Coyote Pups
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. This picture of two coyote pups was taken inside a mobile home complex in Peoria, AZ. (July 2010). Coyote Pups Picture © P. T. Irish, used with permission.

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    Coyotes in Scottsdale

    Coyotes Picture
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. From the photographer: "Coyotes in North Scottsdale at N. Scottsdale Road and Lone Mountain. It was in my neighborhood, which is gated. Awesome! This was 6 p.m. (July 2010). Coyotes Picture © Denise, used with permission.

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    Tarantula in Scottsdale

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    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona From the photographer: "Tarantula found North Scottsdale. N Scottsdale Road & Lone Mountain. Residential neighborhood. I found a beautiful tarantula out back near some potted plants. He was right near the house. Did not move the entire time I was taking his photo. He was not camera shy at all. After dark I checked on him, he was gone." (July 2010). Tarantula © Denise Hindman, used with permission.

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    Arizona Blond Tarantula

    Arizona blond tarantula
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona Arizona blond tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes). Tarantula © Brett Hall, used with permission.

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    From the photographer: "Tarantulas have an interesting defensive capability in addition to venom. Some of the hairs on the top of the abdomen are specialized for defense. These urticating hairs, as they are called, are tipped with backward pointing barbs. If a tarantula is threatened in any way, it brushes these hairs into the face, paw or other body part of its attacker."

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    Ground Squirrel

    Round Tailed Ground Squirrels
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona From the photographer: "These are Round Tailed Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus tereticaudus). I've been photographing them ever since I moved to Phoenix from New York in May of 2008. I am amazed at these little guys and they seem to like to pose for me. They are quite amusing and very cute!". © Jane Kostopoulos, used with permission

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    Round-tailed Ground Squirrels at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ (May 3, 2009).

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    Coyote in Chandler

    Coyote on the hunt in Chandler, Arizona
    ••• Hunting for Jackrabbits in Chandler, AZ. Coyote Picture © Mike Murray, used with permission.

    From the photographer: "I caught some images of a coyote (he/she was hunting a jackrabbit in a vacant lot - I was unable to catch both in a single image - the jackrabbit won this round)....Taken on 06-11-2011 at Chandler Blvd and McClintock in Chandler AZ."

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    Squirrel

    Round Tailed Ground Squirrels
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in Arizona From the photographer: "There are squirrels in the Phx area!!! Taken in my back yard in Tolleson AZ.". © Nathan Ercanbrack, used with permission

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    Don't ask me where this squirrel finds acorns....

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    Palo Verde Bug

    Palo Verde Bug Phoenix
    ••• Cave Creek Recreational Area This flying monster was photographed at the Cave Creek Recreational Area in Arizona, north of Phoenix. It is known as a palo verde bug, or borer beetle. © Brad Lawrence, used with permission

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    These huge bugs are even more intimidating when you realize they can fly!

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    Chuckwalla in the White Tanks

    Chuckwalla
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix Area Chuckwalla at White Tank Mountain Regional Park. © Carol Shaw, used with permission

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    White Tank Mountain Regional Park is part of the Maricopa County Parks system. There are about 25 miles of shared-use trails ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Waterfall Trail is a popular easy hike in the area.

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    Male Chuckwalla in Peoria

    Chuckwalla in Peoria
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix Area This photographer sees all kinds of desert creatures, like this chuckwalla, in her yard in Sonoran Mountain Ranch in Peoria, Arizona. © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

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    Peoria, Arizona is a city in the northwest part of the Greater Phoenix area. If you live in Peoria, tell us what it is like!

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    Pale Wind Scorpion

    Pale Wind Scorpion, seen in Peoria, Arizona
    ••• Photographed in Peoria, Arizona Pale Wind Scorpion, seen in Peoria, Arizona. © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

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    Sonoran Desert Toad

    Sonoran Desert Toad in Peoria, Arizona
    ••• Photographed in Peoria, Arizona Sonoran Desert Toad in Peoria, Arizona. © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

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    Red-spotted Toad

    Red-spotted Toad Removed from a backyard pool in Peoria, Arizona
    ••• Photographed in Peoria, Arizona A Red-spotted Toad, removed from a backyard pool in Peoria, Arizona. © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

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    Desert Tortoise

    Desert Tortoise
    ••• McDowell Mountain Regional Park From the photographer: "During the shoulder months we see some strange things in the desert such as the desert tortoise. We've seen a few in the past which had shells maybe 6-7” long, but this one had a shell closer to a foot long, big guy. I asked him to smile during a close up photo, but no dice.". © Brad Lawrence, used with permission

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    Just north of Fountain Hills you'll find a popular hiking and recreation area, McDowell Mountain Regional Park. It is common to find all kinds of desert creatures there while hiking the trails. This photo was taken in October 2011.

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    Desert Tortoise

    Desert Tortoise
    ••• Sonoran Desert Trails in Scottsdale From the photographer: "I hike in the Sonoran Desert Trails in Scottsdale (starting at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead). There is a wash about 1/4 mile from the trailhead where I shot ... [a] large rattler that passed by my boot going after the tortoise...on the Ringtail Trail, which can be accessed from the Lost Dog Trail.". © Gary Wojton, used with permission

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    Grasshopper and Friend

    Grasshopper and Friend
    ••• Green Valley, Arizona From the photographer: "This is a photo of a huge grasshopper we found on our patio in Green Valley, AZ.". © Melissa Landreth, used with permission

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    Bobcat in Scottsdale

    Bobcat in Scottsdale
    ••• Pictures of Animals Seen in the Greater Phoenix Area From the photographer: "We recently had this tall and beautiful bobcat in our backyard in Scottsdale Mountain.". © Werner Rodorff, used with permission.

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    Eastern Cottontail

    Eastern Cottontail
    ••• Pictures of Desert Creatures From the photographer: "Adorable Eastern Cottontail keeping cool in the shade. Pictures taken in NE Phoenix.". © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

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    Rabbits are cute, and there are plenty of them in the Greater Phoenix area. Do you want to discourage rabbits from coming into your yard?

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    Pale Sun Spider

    Pale Sun Spider
    ••• Photographed in North Phoenix From the photographer: "My wife and I were walking our dog at night and my wife almost stepped on it. She yelled honey grab the camera.". © Michael R Venokur, used with permission

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    Common Lizard

    Common Side-blotched Lizard
    ••• Scottsdale, Arizona A Common Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana). Location: Gateway Trail in Scottsdale, AZ. © Michelle Grieg, used with permission

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    Black Widow Spider

    ••• Photographed in Queen Creek,AZ From the photographer: "A Black Widow I found sitting on her web she built between our landscape rocks. This is one of three Black Widows I've found in our yard.". © Ryan Lamprecht, used with permission

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    The black widow spider is fairly common in the desert of the Phoenix area. You'll want to avoid being bitten by a black widow.

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    Greater Earless Lizard

    Greater Earless Lizard
    ••• Lost Dutchman State Park Greater earless lizard (Cophosaurus texanus), Lost Dutchman State Park east of Phoenix. © HeliosJournal.com, used with permission

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    Factoid: According to the National Park Service, the Greater Earless Lizard actually does have ears; they just don't have external openings for the ears.

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    Monarch Butterfly

    Phoenix AZ Monarch butterfly
    ••• In the Marigolds From the photography: "This photo was taken in my backyard. Phoenix AZ Monarch butterfly.". © Michelle Cruising Az Photos, used with permission.

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    We have two places in the Phoenix area where you can enjoy butterflies, if you don't have them in your own backyard!

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    Javelina Mom and Babies

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    ••• All Baby Animals are Cute!. © Brad Lawrence, used with permission

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    From the photographer: "These guys are off the back patio in Carefree by the SkyRanch airport.  They’ll stop by and see what’s on the ground to eat.  We’ll put our salad trimmings out which they scramble to eat. Waste not want not.  We can actually recognize a couple of them to which we have given names."

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    Gila Monster

    Gila Monster
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. The Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) can be over a foot long. It's a big lizard, and it is venomous. It is slow moving and borrows underground. Bites can be painful, but are rarely fatal. Seek medical attention if you are bitten by a gila monster. © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

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    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Desert Spiny Lizard

    Desert Spiny Lizard
    ••• Pictures of Animals and Creatures Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. A Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus magister) in Prescott, Arizona. Lizard Picture © Tony Perrino, used with permission

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