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Gila Monster

Gila Monsters are venomous lizards endemic to North America, though of not much threat to humans. This is a heavy, slow-moving reptile and is protected by state law.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Superfamily Varanoidea
    Family Helodermatidae
    Genus Heloderma
    Species H. suspectum
    Scientific Name Heloderma suspectum

    Length 26 to 36 cm (10 to 14 in)
    Coloration Abstract patches of dark brown and peach or orangish peach
    Distribution Southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican state of Sonora
    Habitat Scrubland, succulent desert, and oak woodland, burrows, thickets, and under rocks where there is ready access to moisture
    Diet Small birds, mammals, frogs, lizards, insects, and carrion
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Breeding Season Early summer
    Clutch Size 2-12 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on January 22nd 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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