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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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