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beaded lizard: see gila monstergila monster
, venomous lizard, Heloderma suspectum, found in the deserts of the SW United States and NW Mexico. It averages 18 in. (45 cm) in length, with a large head, stout body, thick tail that acts as a food reservoir, and short legs with strong claws.
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The Guatemalan beaded lizard
: endangered inhabitant of a unique ecosystem.
The Gila (HE-luh) monster (12) of Arizona and the beaded lizard
of Mexico are the only two poisonous lizards in the world.
Jacobson's organ is an important smell sensor in many animals, from elephants to salamanders (the picture shows the mouth of a Mexican beaded lizard
, which contains the organ).
The beaded lizard
, believed to be the only poisonous lizard in the United States, has been considered to be a denizen of Arizona and never found in California.