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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


Fascinating Facts

  • 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.