Welcome to our post of facts, images and videos about the venomous Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum).
Gila Monster Facts
The Gila monsters can be found in the Mexican Mojave, Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts as well as the southwestern desert and semi-arid region of the the U.S.
They are one of only two known venomous lizard species in the world, the other being the Beaded lizard also found in Mexico and southern Guatemala.
A fully grown adult lizard can reach a lenght of 2 feet long and weighing around 5 pounds.
The Gila monster use their tails to store fat, which they can then live off in time when they are hibernating or cannot find food.
The venoumos reptile will feed on small birds, rats, rabbits and other lizards. Becuase it is a slow lumbering animal it struggles to catch prey and so will tend to eat small birds eggs.
These creatures can live to 20 to 30 years of age.
The toxins delivered in the bite of the venomous lizard would not kill a healthy adult person although it would be extremely painful. Care should be taken aroun the lizard at all times.
The species current conservation status is “Near Threatened” due to the recent decline in population.
Video Source: USGS