Beaded Lizard

When food is scarce, this species of lizard metabolises fat stored in its tail.


The beaded lizards' head and back are covered with bead-like scales giving them their name. Them and their slightly smaller cousin, the Gila monster, are the only two lizard species that have this beady appearance.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Family:
Helodermatidae
Diet:
Rodents, birds, lizards, frogs, eggs, insects, earthworms and carrion.
Life Span:
30 years
Distribution:
Mexico, Mostly along the Pacific coast.
Did you know?
Although the venom shouldn’t kill a healthy adult human, it does inflict a huge amount of pain 24 hours a day for around 2 weeks. So if bitten you’d probably never go near one again.

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