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Gila Monster

They are one of the two species of venomous lizards (Mexican beaded lizard is other). It will inflate its body to appear bigger if threatened and may also hiss, lunge and bite. A large, stout bodied lizard, they have a black face with black, orange, pink, or yellow blotches on the body that aid in camouflage. Carnivorous, they eat small mammals, birds, and eggs, lizards, frogs, insects, and carrion. They hunt primarily with sense of smell through forked tongue and grab prey and subdue with a venomous bite. They have two grooves in the teeth bring venom to bite from glands (modified salivary glands) in the lower jaw where venom flows into the bite wound – is not injected like in most snakes. The venom is rarely fatal to humans.

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Streamside Closed Feb 12-16

The Streamside habitat at the North Carolina Zoo will be closed Feb 12-16 for routine annual maintenance.

Africa Bridge Art

African Gates

African Savanna

Agama Lizard

Ant Bear

Arctic Fox Art

Arctic Turns

Bald Eagle with Salmon

Ball Python

Billy Goats Gruff

Black Dog


Cattail Gate

Elephant Rubbing Tree

Elephant Tracking Game

Elephants Art

Follow the Pollen Path

French Beans


Garden Friends

Harbor Seal Sculpture

Hippo Pod

Hummingbird Garden

Lisa’s Dragonfly



Nature’s Recyclers

Ola, The Water Bearer

Ostrich Egg Interactive

Piedmont Totem

Polar Bear Art

Prairie Geyser

Preening Heron

Stalking Little Blue Heron

Stone that Stands in an Empty Sky

The Critics

Uwharrie Vision

Watani Cooling Station

White Rhino Art

Zoological Egg Rest