That doesn't look like a desert creature to me! Since ancient times, a natural hotwater spring has existed in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. (If you're visiting Tucson, you can see how to get there on the map.)
The property today is a gem ~ an unusual find in the desert southwest, with it's ponds, palms and very old Mesquite trees. I need to do some more research, but I believe the ranch house was built in 1900 or thereabouts. Today, it houses a Tucson Audubon Society gift shop and a gallery. It's also open for weddings and other functions by appointment.
This photo could be Florida, but it's not. It's another beautiful reason to consider Tucson for your next vacation from the cold and the snow that's been plaguing the rest of the country.
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