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Throwback Thursday: Ten years ago, “Clem” - a 125 pound alligator measuring 8 feet 3 inches - was found on the BLM Arizona Strip. 

For years, a few curious souls tried to catch a glimpse of an alligator that reportedly lived in a shallow pond on a private ranch, on the remote Arizona Strip. Turns out, this urban legend had been gifted by a friend from Alabama to a rancher as a pet. Somehow, the seldom-seen alligator managed to make his home in the Pakoon Springs in the Mojave Desert for 20 years.  

When the property was later acquired by the BLM Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Clem was found by employees from the BLM Arizona Strip.  With assistance from alligator wrangler Russ Johnson, the malnourished alligator was relocated to the Arizona Herpetological Society Sanctuary in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Today, Clem now measures a massive 11 feet and weighs a whopping 500 pounds, thanks to a hearty diet and suitable habitat provided by the Arizona Herpetological Society Sanctuary. And he has a friend, “Fluffy,” pictured above.

By Rachel Tueller, BLM Arizona Public Affairs Specialist and BLM Tumblr Blogger

it’s a long way down. 2014. par eyetwist
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looking down the face of the hoover dam, 726ft straight down .mamiya 6MF 50mm f/4 + kodak portra 160. lab: the icon, los angeles, ca. scan: epson V750. exif tags: filmtagger.

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Special colloquial sayings in Arizona and what they mean
FUCK ME I LEFT MY SHOES INSIDE: It’s pretty hot out isn’t it?
GET ME MY FUCKING SHADES: Not a cloud in the sky!
Cook? It’s 105 fucking degrees out, there’s no way in fuck I’m turning on the oven: Why don’t we go out for dinner tonight?
THE WIND KNOCKED THE TREE DOWN INTO THE FUCKING POOL, AND THE DIRT TURNED THE POOL INTO A MUDPIT: Summer is here at last!

Opal in a fresh conch. Word ✌🏻️

@clubtattoo @anatometalinc #piercing #piercings #pierced #girlswithpiercings #bodypiercing #bodyjewelry #jewelry #opal #conch #conchpiercing #ear #earpiercing #cartilage #cartilagepiercing #scottsdale #scottsdalepiercing #phoenix #phoenixpiercing #arizona #arizonapiercing #awesomesaucetacular (at Club Tattoo Scottsdale)

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AH the AZGFD lady remembered me, and just emailed me to let me know the Governor finally decided to approve the hedgehog legality law… HEY it only took him a YEAR to, yanno, actually get back to them about it! Signing in Oct, effective in Dec. Maybe I’ll ring in the new year with a hedgehog… FINALLY?! :O We’ll see…

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