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Mexican Beaded Lizard

Mexican beaded lizards are a species of venomous lizards occurring mainly in southern Guatemala and Mexico. They hide in burrows during daytime and become active at night. The species uses its venom to kill its prey.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Superfamily Varanoidea
    Family Helodermatidae
    Genus Heloderma
    Scientific Name Heloderma horridum

    Length 57 to 91 cm
    Weight Around 800g; largest specimen weigh 4000g
    Color Black with varying number of yellow bands or spots
    Distribution  Sonora, Oaxaca (Mexico), southwestern and southeastern Guatemala
    Habitat Desert, tropical deciduous forests, thorn scrub forests, pine-oak forests
    Diet Mainly birds and reptile eggs, also feed on small birds, mammals, lizards, frogs, insects
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes hibernation
    Venom Fact Weak hemotoxin
    Breeding Season September – October
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 13 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 6 months
    Reproductive Age 6 to 8 years of age
    Average Lifespan More than 30 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 22nd 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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