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The Gila Monster lives in Mexico and the United States.
They are carnivorous feeding on birds’ eggs and fledglings, rodents, lizards, frogs and insects.
Females bury between 2 and 12 eggs deep in the ground. Once hatched, the young are independent.
Gila Monsters live for 20-30 years.
About the Gila Monster
Gila monsters are heavy-bodied lizards that are black and pink in colouration. They are covered with bony, beadlike scales. The Gila monster is venomous; its venom is made in glands in the lizard’s lower jaw.
Did you know?
Gila Monsters, pronounced ‘HEE-la’ Monsters, are one of only a few known venomous lizards.