5 Interesting Facts About Gila Monsters

Gila Monster

Here is a Gila monster sniffing out his prey

Today I want to write about one of the coolest looking lizards in the world.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. They are not very big, but are still the largest lizard to be found in the United States, measuring up to 58 cm long (less than 2 feet).
  2. Gila monsters have very distinct pink markings on their back and very bony scales that are similar to the scales that dinosaurs had.
  3. They are one of the few lizards that are poisonous, although they use their poison more for defence than attack.  Their bite is very painful for humans, but not fatal.
  4. They eat eggs, small birds, reptiles and rodents.  They can store fat in their tails which enables them to survive for months without food which is handy because they hibernate during winter.
  5. They are named after the Gila River basin in Arizona and are found in a few southern states of the U.S. and parts of Mexico.  Unfortunately, they are considered vulnerable to extinction due to habitat loss and feral dogs and cats eating them.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Gila monsters?

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