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(AZ Family)   While the rest of the country shivers through winter, it's so warm in Phoenix the scorpions and spiders and gila monsters are already coming out of hibernation   (azfamily.com) divider line 9
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2014-02-21 08:03:07 AM  
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foo monkey: Scorpio Rex: "rest of the country shovers..."

It was 60 degrees in Northern Virginia in the middle of February.  It's going to get close to 70 in Philly this weekend.

All the hibernating species and flowers are confused.

And a week ago, we got 15" of snow.


Except California, which is drying up.

All these strange weather patterns...It's almost like there's something going on with the climate. Naaaah, that's crazy talk.
2014-02-21 02:38:26 PM  
1 votes:

Infobahn: I live in the northeast valley (Phoenix/Scottsdale) since birth (let's just say I am a baby boomer).   I have never seen a Gila Monster in the wild, only one black widow, 3 scorpions, three rattlesnakes.  Since being in this new house, I see coyotes and javelina ALL THE TIME.


I know where there's gila monsters. I'm working at their lair. No, really, it's known as a gila monster hotspot. I saw two of them last year, and I was only there for a couple of hours. So they do exist. I haven't seen a rattler yet, but they're out.

It's so damn hot here that I don't even think some of the vegetation dropped their leaves. They're just growing on....."record high, record high" every day on NPR. Also "15 degrees above normal, 18 degrees above normal." I think we can just forget about "normal" from here on out.

/Bartlett Dam. Gila monster heaven.
//Imma get good picture of one this year.
///See you all in 10 days, I'm on the way out now.
2014-02-21 12:53:40 PM  
1 votes:
We've been 68-82 almost daily for 2 weeks in El Paso.

/You'll get your revenge when we have a hotter than normal summer -- mid 100's
//"It's a dry heat" does make a big difference when its 105.  Phoenix/Vegas' 120, not so much.
2014-02-21 09:10:58 AM  
1 votes:

knedgecko: bwilson27: FnkyTwn: The Tarantulas that live outside Phoenix are the jumping variety.

What's that? You say you've never heard of jumping tarantulas before? And by "jumping" I mean that when they get startled, they jump straight up into their air, sometimes as high as 6 farking feet. And they just wander around like they own the place in broad farking daylight.

On the plus side you can leave a bag of potato chips open on the counter overnight and they're still fresh and crispy the next day. On the downside, you learn to live without rubber bands, because after about a month they become a game of Russian roulette due to them drying out. Also, don't be surprised if you develop a nose bleed on your first summer visit, due to the lack of humidity.

fark all that. I've lived here all my damned life and never saw a "Jumping" tarantula. Maybe they're out by those decapitated bodies out in the desert?
As for gila monsters, good luck with that. You're 100X more likely to to find a javelina in your backyard then ever seeing one of those.
As for the temps- Meh, pretty much normal.

I've seen a non-captive Gila Monster, at South Mountain park. Never seen a wild rattlesnake though, go figure.
Had a coyote get in my back yard once though.


The Gila Monster is the one of the desert critters I haven't stumbled upon yet. I've seen mountain lion tracks and scat, but have never seen one. Same with bobcats.
2014-02-21 08:42:37 AM  
1 votes:

bwilson27: FnkyTwn: The Tarantulas that live outside Phoenix are the jumping variety.

What's that? You say you've never heard of jumping tarantulas before? And by "jumping" I mean that when they get startled, they jump straight up into their air, sometimes as high as 6 farking feet. And they just wander around like they own the place in broad farking daylight.

On the plus side you can leave a bag of potato chips open on the counter overnight and they're still fresh and crispy the next day. On the downside, you learn to live without rubber bands, because after about a month they become a game of Russian roulette due to them drying out. Also, don't be surprised if you develop a nose bleed on your first summer visit, due to the lack of humidity.

fark all that. I've lived here all my damned life and never saw a "Jumping" tarantula. Maybe they're out by those decapitated bodies out in the desert?
As for gila monsters, good luck with that. You're 100X more likely to to find a javelina in your backyard then ever seeing one of those.
As for the temps- Meh, pretty much normal.


The only kind I've seen are the 'leave me alone, I have somewhere I need to be' variety.
2014-02-21 08:39:17 AM  
1 votes:

bwilson27: As for the temps- Meh, pretty much normal.


This winter has had temps that are anything but normal. It's about 5-15 degrees above average this winter. It's ridiculously warm. I've worn a jacket like twice. We had a cold snap in the middle of December and that was it.

Scorpions...god I hate those things. I went on a killing spree two years ago and took out 5-6 a week for an entire summer. Haven't seen any more since then.
2014-02-21 08:03:21 AM  
1 votes:
Scorpions always come out early ;-)

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/And rock you like a hurricane!
2014-02-21 07:57:01 AM  
1 votes:
"rest of the country shovers..."

It was 60 degrees in Northern Virginia in the middle of February.  It's going to get close to 70 in Philly this weekend.

All the hibernating species and flowers are confused.
2014-02-21 07:42:14 AM  
1 votes:
I really had no idea that spiders and scorpions hibernate. I mean I know they disappear in colder weather, but I thought that they just eff'd off somewhere warmer or whatever.
 
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