Beaded Lizard

When food is scarce, the lizard metabolises fat stored in its tail.


The Beaded lizard is larger than the Gila monster but has duller coloration. The stripes and spots on its black bumpy skin give this lizard a beaded appearance and its name.

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

Key Facts

Family:
Helodermatidae
Diet:
Small mammals, Birds, Lizards and Eggs.
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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