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Gila Monster – The Largest Lizards in USA  

The Gila monster isn’t really a monster, but a very big lizard. In fact, the Gila monster is the largest lizard in the U.S. Unless you live in Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah or southeastern California, you’ll probably never see a Gila monster. These bad boys live only in the desert. They love the heat!

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The Gila monster isn’t really a monster, but a very big lizard. In fact, the Gila monster is the largest lizard in the U.S.

Gila monsters can grow 2 feet long, but they only weigh about 5 pounds. They have a thick tail that stores fat. Gila monsters are one of the few lizards that have a venomous bite. They don’t inject venom like a snake. Instead, they chomp down and chew on their victim. The poison runs down the teeth and into the bite.

Gila Monster Underground Image

Gila monsters spend most of their lives under the ground.

Fun Facts about the Gila Monster for Kids

  • Gila monsters spend most of their lives under the ground.
  • Gila monsters’ favorite meal is eggs. They also eat young rabbits, mice or rats.
  • Their bite is painful, but it isn’t particularly dangerous to humans. There’s been only one death from a Gila monster bite since 1930.
  • Gila monsters are dark grey and covered with orange, pink, red or yellow spots.
  • Gila monsters can live 20 to 30 years.
Gila Monster Eating Egg Image

Eggs are all about gila monster’s favorite meal.

Gila Monster Vocabulary

  1. Venomous: poisonous
  2. Favorite: most preferred
  3. Painful: hurts a lot
  4. Chomp: a strong bite

Learn More All About Gila Monster

Watch this interesting documentary video about the gila monster:

A documentary of the wild life of the Gila Monster.

Gila Monster Q&A

Question: Are Gila monsters endangered?

Answer: Gila monsters aren’t endangered, but they are protected.

 

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