beaded lizard


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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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A new subspecies of beaded lizard, Heloderma horridum, from the Motagua Valley of Guatemala.
There are only two lizard species that are venomous: the Gila monster and the Mexican beaded lizard.
The Gila (HE-luh) monster (12) of Arizona and the beaded lizard of Mexico are the only two poisonous lizards in the world.