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Quotations about Arizona's
Insects & Animals

Many things bind Phoenicians together... Fearing insects, because even though we have fewer insects than other places, the insects we do have actively try to kill us... ~Dominic Verstegen, "The Seven Stages of Dealing with Arizona's Heat," July 2015

You know you're an Arizona native when you know that "javelina" is not a spear thrown in the Italian Olympic trials. ~Allan Perry, quoted in You Know You're an Arizona Native, When…, compiled by Don Dedera, 1993

a painted lizard appears — elbows tense,
hands gripped hard against the earth,
and stares off to the empty horizon
as if something were about to happen.
~Susie Lightfoot, "A Desert," in Arizona Highways, 1971

You know you're an Arizona native when you always knock the heels of your shoes on the floor before putting them on, because once — out fell an angry scorpion. ~Don Dedera, You Know You're an Arizona Native, When…, 1993

A two-toned ensemble,
A rhythmic Levantine pose;
Coral-pink and black,
From pert cocked head,
To tips of polished toes.
~Margaret Wheeler Ross (1867–1953), "Spring Styles on the Desert: The Gila Monster"

Bessie cried. "I ain't movin' to Arizona! Damnit, there is nothin’  there but gravel and scorpions..." ~Mary Doria Russell, Doc, 2011

Ribbed arms and heads of saguaros studded the skyline where Gila woodpeckers and curve-billed thrashers kept up conversation, and quail bobbed on the ground like sly, pear-sized hens. ~Craig Childs, March 2019, Bean Tree Farm, Tucson Mountains, Arizona, Introduction to Virga & Bone: Essays from Dry Places, 2019

Black, brown and gold
In diamond checks prevail;
Coats will be worn skin-tight,
Six to twelve amber buttons
On the tail.
~Margaret Wheeler Ross (1867–1953), "Spring Styles on the Desert: The Rattlesnake"

The coyotes were shy and clever, as elusive as dreams. ~Abby Geni, The Wildlands, 2018  [Oklahoma, actually —tg]

Road Runner, I am curious,
      You've got me wondering why
      You're always in a foot race,
      I've never seen you fly.
You run along the yucca ridge,
      And across the desert floor,
      You run and keep on running,
      And then you run some more...
~Harry Golden, "The Road Runner and I," in Arizona Highways, 1971

"Yes," hissed Lizard, running away so fast he almost floated over the ground. ~Harry Behn (1898–1973), The Painted Cave, 1957

the shadow on the tree bark moves
and emerges in the shape of a gecko
~Terri Guillemets

I cannot imagine your living in such a place, fit only for scorpions and Gila monsters... ~Laura L. Livingstone (Herbert Dickinson Ward), Lauriel: The Love Letters of an American Girl, 1901

A swift streak of color,
A silhouette in jade,
Ultra marine!
A flash of silver underneath
On all will be seen.
~Margaret Wheeler Ross (1867–1953), "Spring Styles on the Desert: The Lizard"

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Original post date 2016 Apr 25
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