The Gila monster is found in scrublands, deserts and oak woodlands.
IN THE WILD – Birds, eggs, frogs, lizards and insects
IN THE ZOO – Rodents
- Only venomous 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