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.
Extinct in the Wild
Rodents, birds, lizards, frogs, eggs, insects, earthworms and carrion.
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.