Range of Heloderma

Range of Heloderma

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Typical biotope of Heloderma suspectum

Heloderma suspectum inhabits the North American continent in the southern parts of Nevada and Utah. It´s main occurence is western ARIZONA with minor populations in Southern California and southwest New Mexico. The most southern indiduals inhabit the Sonoran Desert (Guaymas, Ortiz) and further south to Alamos and drainages into the near by Rio Fuerte (Ref. 1,2,33). There the Gila Monster shares its territory with the Beaded Lizard (Heloderma horridum ssp.).
Range of Heloderma suspectum Counties of Arizona Dimensions of American deserts
Range of Heloderma suspectum Counties of ARIZONA Dimensions of American deserts
The habitat of Heloderma suspectum primarily appears very similar although when closely examined, it changes significantly in shape and plant variety.

The following photographs and video imaging intend to present examples of these profound changes of habitats of the Mojave Desert in ARIZONA, Nevada and Utah. This "journey" starts 60 miles north of Phoenix, AZ in Black Canyon City at Highway 17, following Highway 74 and 60 to Wickenburg, further on along Highway 93 to Wikieup and then on Highway 97 to Kingman, ARIZONA. Next we are following Highway 95 in Nevada to pass Searchlight and Boulder City to Las Vegas. Highway 15 takes us to Snow Canyon near St. George in Utah.

Habitat examples in the ARIZONA upland, ca. 60 miles north of Phoenix at the border between Maricopa and Yavapai County, ARIZONA:


Sunrise near Black Canyon City, Arizona Arizona upland Biotope with Prickly Pear Arroyo in the AZ uplands
video sequence: part1 / part2 / part 3
Arizona upland Arizona upland Biotope with Jumping Cholla Arizona upland


Habitat plant examples near Black Canyon City on Highway 17, Yavapai County, ARIZONA:


Dead Saguaro Fishhook Barrel Fishhook with fruit Prickly Pear with fruit
Saguaro
(Camegiea gigantea)
Fishhook Barrel
(Ferocactus wislizenii)
Fishhook with fruit Prickly Pear
(Opuntia engelmannii)
Jumping Cholla with bird`s nest Chainfruit Cholla Ocotillo Creosote
Jumping Cholla
(Opuntia bigelovii)
Chainfruit Cholla
(Opuntia fulgida)
Ocotillo
(Fonquieria splendens)
Creosote
(Larrea tridentata)
Blue Palo Verde Bark of Palo Verde Catclaw Acacia with fruit Whitethorn Acacia with fruit
Blue Palo Verde
(Cercidium floridum)
Bark of Palo Verde Catclaw Acacia
(Acacia greggii)
Whitethorn Acacia
(Acacia constricta)


Habitat examples northwest of Phoenix on Highway 74 at the turn off to Lake Pleasent, Maricopa County, ARIZONA:
Habitat plant examples at Lake Pleasent are: Saguaro, Artemisia spec. and Tumble Weeds.


Northwest of Phoenix on Highway 74 Northwest of Phoenix on Highway 74 Northwest of Phoenix on Highway 74 Northwest of Phoenix on Highway 74
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Northwest of Phoenix on Highway 74 Northwest of Phoenix on Highway 74 Northwest of Phoenix on Highway 74 Northwest of Phoenix on Highway 74


Habitat examples 10 miles north of Wickenburg, at the begining of Yavapai County, ARIZONA.
Predominant plants are the Creosote Bush and scarce individuals of the small Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera). At this time of the year we have an intense smell of a yellow daisy flower covering the ground.


north of Wickenburg Yellow daisy flowers covering the ground north of Wickenburg Yellow daisy flowers covering the ground
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Habitat examples 30-40 miles south of Wikieup on Highway 93, Mohave County, ARIZONA.
Habitat plant examples are the Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) and Creosote Bush.


Joshua Tree south of Wikieup south of Wikieup south of Wikieup Joshua Tree south of Wikieup
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Habitat examples 24 miles south of Wikieup on Highway 93, Mohave County, ARIZONA; This is a very rocky area:

24 miles south of Wikieup 24 miles south of Wikieup 24 miles south of Wikieup 24 miles south of Wikieup
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Habitat examples 10 miles west of Kingman, old Highway 66, Mohave County, ARIZONA:
Predominant are Creosote Bush; isolate Barrel Cacti, Thorn-Apple (Datura spec.) and Gourd-plants.


10 miles west of Kingman 10 miles west of Kingman 10 miles west of Kingman 10 miles west of Kingman
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10 miles west of Kingman Thorn-Apple in middle of wash Gourd-Plant (Citrullus colocynthis) Who lives there?


Habitat examples south of Kingman on Highway 40 near Yucca, Alamo Road, Borinna Mine Road, Mojave County, ARIZONA:
Predominant are Ocotillo,Jumping Cholla Cactus, Barrel Cactus, Silver Cholla and Joshua Tree.


South of Kingman South of Kingman Joshua Trees and Ocotillo south of Kingman Joshua Trees and Ocotillo south of Kingman
video sequence: part 1 / part 2
South of Kingman South of Kingman Jumping Cholla habitat south of Kingman Jumping Cholla habitat south of Kingman


Habitat examples near Bullhead City on Highway 95, Mojave County, ARIZONA:


Near Bullhead City Near Bullhead City Near Bullhead City Near Bullhead City
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Habitat examples near Searchlight on Highway 95, Clark County, NEVADA:
Predominant plants are the Creosote Bush and weeds.


Near Searchlight on Highway 95, Clark County, NEVADA Near Searchlight on Highway 95, Clark County, NEVADA Near Searchlight on Highway 95, Clark County, NEVADA Near Searchlight on Highway 95, Clark County, NEVADA
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Habitat examples near Glendale on Highway 15, Clark County, NEVADA:


Near Glendale on Highway 15, Clark County, NEVADA Near Glendale on Highway 15, Clark County, NEVADA Near Glendale on Highway 15, Clark County, NEVADA Near Glendale on Highway 15, Clark County, NEVADA
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Habitat examples in Snow Canyon on Highway 18 northwest of St. George, Washington County, UTAH:
Predominant are lava fields and sand dunes covered with Sage weed (Artemisia spec.).


Entrance to Snow Canyon Snow Canyon Snow Canyon Snow Canyon
video sequence: part 1 / part 2
Snow Canyon Artemisia plants in sand dunes in Snow Canyon Artemisia plants in sand dunes in Snow Canyon Impressive lava fields in Snow Canyon

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