Hear the Gila Monster

Gila Monster (Jyla-Mawn-Stur)

The gila monster is a venomous lizard that inhabits lower elevations of the Southwest.  It primarily feeds on small mammals, reptiles, birds, and human fear.  When a gila monster bites, it take a large amount of energy to strike and chew venom into its assailant, so it often falls asleep with its jaw locked on.

Gila Monster Facts

  • Scientific Name: Heloderma suspectum
  • Size: 18-24 inches
  • Diet: Small birds, lizards, and rodents