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!
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.
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 Vocabulary
- Venomous: poisonous
- Favorite: most preferred
- Painful: hurts a lot
- 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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