Health and Wellness

Desert Biohazard

The Gila Monster is one of only two poisonous lizards in North America. I have only seen two in my travels and hiking in the Sonoran desert. This Gila Monster was pointed out to us by another hiker on a recent descent down Black Mountain in Cave Creek, Arizona.

Like any creepy crawler avoid being bitten by not touching, holding, or handling the Gila Monster.

Learn more about the Gila Monster.

Gila Monster
Gila Monster on the Move
Gila Monster from a distance
Gila Monster camouflage


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.