Gila Monster Heloderma suspectum

Gila Monster
Gila Monster
The Gila Monster (pronounced "Heela") is one of the two confirmed venomous lizards in the world, the other being its close relative, the Beaded Lizard. (Some add the Komodo Dragon.)
Gila Monster
Gila Monster
Gila Monster
This attractively pink and black coloured, artistically-patterned lizard can grow to some 2 feet long. It has a beaded look to its skin and banded tail which add to the native artisan impact. The role of the colours and pattern is to warn predators that it is venomous. It eats small mammals, reptiles, birds and eggs.
Gila Monster
Gila Monster
The Gila Monster is native to the Sonora desert in the southwestern USA and northern Mexico and spends most of the hot days in underground burrows living off fat reserves stored in its tail.