Guatemalan Beaded Lizard

Guatemalan Beaded Lizard

The Guatemalan beaded lizard lives only in an isolated pocket of desert in eastern Guatemala. Discovered by scientists in the mid-1980s, this distinctive lizard has been well known to local populations in Guatemala for millennia. This species is one of the five closely related species of venomous beaded lizards, including the Gila monster of the southwestern U.S. The venom is used entirely for self-defense and is not used in the capturing of prey.

Heloderma charlesbogerti

Venomous

Carnivore

Mesoamerica [VIEW MAP]

Deserts

These lizards may be seen in the indoor gallery section of the main building of Scaly Slimy Spectacular at any time of the day or year.

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