FYI, you were right about the Gila Monsters being out early and in force. I came across two (in different locations) today with a group of 1st graders on their nature walk. They got pretty excited. I don't carry my "big" camera when teaching elementary kids (they deserve my full attention), but pack a point-and-shoot, just in case. So pardon the resolution :-)
|Photo by Marty Horowitz 2/25/2014 - Gila One|
|Photo by Marty Horowitz 2/25/2014 - Gila Two|
Anne says: Gila Monsters store fat in their tails. (Most other lizards can detach their tails to escape predation; not so the Gila Monster. Their tail is too important.) The two pictured have relatively skinny tails (especially Gila Two). That means they now have very little fat to draw on for fuel. Those first graders must have looked mighty tempting...