Gila Monster Heloderma suspectum
The Gila monster is found in scrublands, deserts and oak woodlands.
Diet in the wild
Birds, eggs, frogs, lizards and insects
Diet at the Zoo
- Only venemous lizard native to the United States.
- Store fat in tails during the winter months.
- May spend more than 95 percent of their life in underground burrows.
- A protein found in their saliva has been used in FDA approved treatments for type 2 diabetes.