Animals of Phoenix

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    Mexican Wolf

    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.

    Want to submit your own pictures of animals and creatures from the Phoenix area? Here's how you do it.

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    Rabbits

    Arizona Rabbits
    Rabbits © Judy Hedding

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    Lizard

    Arizona Lizard
    Lizard Picture © Judy Hedding

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    Prairie Dog

    Prairie Dog
    Prairie Dog Picture © Judy Hedding

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    Bobcats

    Arizona Bobcats
    Bobcats Picture © Terri, used with permission.

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    Arizona Coyote

    Coyote
    Coyote Picture © Phil Pritchard, used with permission

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    Arizona Honey Bee

    Honey Bee
    © 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
    © 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
    © 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
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    Want to submit your own pictures of animals and creatures from the Phoenix area? Here's how you do it.

    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
    Spider Picture © Tone Garot, used with permission

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    Sun Spider

    Sun Spider
    Sun Spider Picture © Tone Garot, used with permission

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    Arizona Lizard

    Arizona Lizard
    Lizard Picture © Tone Garot, used with permission

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    Tucson Butterfly

    Butterfly
    Butterfly Picture © Tone Garot, used with permission

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    A Pair of Javelinas

    Javelina
    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
    Lizard Picture © Tony Perrino, used with permission

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    Desert Spiny Lizard

    Desert Spiny Lizard
    Lizard Picture © Tony Perrino, used with permission

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    Tarantula

    Gold Canyon Tarantula
    Tarantula Picture © Mike White, used with permission.

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    Sonoran Desert Toad

    Sonoran Desert Toad
    © Derrick A. Denis, used with permission

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    Horned Toad

    Horned Toad
    © Len Nowak, used with permission

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    Arizona Giant Centipede

    Arizona Giant Centipede
    © 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
    © Len Nowak, used with permission

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    Tarantula

    Arizona Tarantula
    Tarantula Picture © Brad Lawrence, used with permission.

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    Ground Squirrel

    Ground Squirrel
    © Kirk A. White, used with permission

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    Honey Bee

    Honey Bee
    © Paul Brochner, used with permission

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    Sphinx Moth

    Sphinx Moth
    © Elaine Barkl, used with permission.

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    Bee Hive

    Bee Hive
    © Derrick A. Denis, Used with permission

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    Sun Spiders

    Sun Spiders Picture
    Sun Spiders Picture © Levi Singleton, used with permission

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    Moth at DBG

    Night moth
    © Cindy Alvarez, used with permission

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    Black Bellied Barbados Sheep

    Black Bellied Barbados Sheep
    © 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
    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
    Lizard Picture © Tony Perrino, used with permission

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    Regal Horned Lizard

    Regal 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
    Gila Monster Picture © Justin West, used with permission.

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    Desert Tortoise

    Desert Tortoise in Wickenburg, Arizona.
    Desert Tortoise Picture © Justin West, used with permission.

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    Two Tarantulas in New River

    Two Tarantulas
    Tarantulas © Eduardo Martinez, used with permission.

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    Arizona Coyote

    Coyote in Fountain Hills
    Coyote Picture © Beverly Warembourg, used with permission.

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    Arizona Javelina (Collared Peccary)

    Javelina in Fountain Hills
    Javelina Picture © Beverly Warembourg, used with permission.

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    Coyote Pups

    Coyote Pups
    Coyote Pups Picture © P. T. Irish, used with permission.

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    Coyotes in Scottsdale

    Coyotes Picture
    Coyotes Picture © Denise, used with permission.

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    Tarantula in Scottsdale

    Tarantula photo
    Tarantula © Denise Hindman, used with permission.

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    Arizona Blond Tarantula

    Arizona blond tarantula
    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
    © 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
    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
    © 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
    © 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
    © 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
    © 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
    © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

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    Sonoran Desert Toad

    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
    © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

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    Desert Tortoise

    Desert Tortoise
    © 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
    © Gary Wojton, used with permission

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    Grasshopper and Friend

    Grasshopper and Friend
    © Melissa Landreth, used with permission

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    Bobcat in Scottsdale

    Bobcat in Scottsdale
    © Werner Rodorff, used with permission.

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    Eastern Cottontail

    Eastern Cottontail
    © 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
    © Michael R Venokur, used with permission

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    Common Lizard

    Common Side-blotched Lizard
    © Michelle Grieg, used with permission

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    Black Widow Spider

    © 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
    © 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
    © 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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    © 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
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    Want to submit your own pictures of animals and creatures from the Phoenix area? Here's how you do it.

    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
    Lizard Picture © Tony Perrino, used with permission

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