Name - Gila Monster
Scientific Name : Heloderma suspectum
Type : Reptile
Age : 20 – 30 Years
Diet : Carnivore
Weight : 1.3kg – 2.2kg
Top Speed : 15mph
Colour : Grey , White , Black , Brown
Skin Type : Scales
Lifespan : 20 – 30 Years
Current Population : Unknown
Current Population Trend : Unknown
Native : united States , North Mexico
Main Pray : Eggs , Small Mammals , Reptile
Habitat : Shrubland , Desert , woodland
Predators : 3
Average Clutch Size : 8
Lifestyle : Solitary
Favorite Food : Eggs
As the name might suggest, the Gila (pronounced HEE-la) monster has one of the worst reputations in the reptile world. This lizard is often feared and has been described as frightful and repulsive, especially in local folklore. It has been accused of many things, such as spitting venom, leaping several feet in the air to attack, stinging with its tongue, and killing people with gusts of poisonous breath. We’re glad you’re reading this, to learn the truth about these interesting lizards!
Gila monsters are heavy-bodied lizards covered with beadlike scales, called osteoderms, that are black and yellow or pink covering all but their belly. The Gila monster is venomous; its venom is made by a row of glands in the lizard’s lower jaw. When the lizard bites, small grooves in the teeth help the venom flow into its prey. The bite of a Gila monster is very strong, and the lizard may not loosen its grip for several seconds. It may even chew so that the venom goes deeper into the wound.
A Gila monster bite is painful to humans, but it rarely causes death. The biggest problem you might have if a Gila monster bit you is trying to get the lizard to release its grip! But you really shouldn’t worry, as Gila monsters tend to avoid humans and other large animals. To warn off potential predators, they open their mouth very wide and hiss.