lizards are reptiles. There are only two types of poisonous lizards that have
been discovered so for. One of the types of poisonous lizards is the Beaded
Lizard. This lizard has venom glands on the lower jaw. It is 36 inches long and
weighs 5 lb. The Beaded lizard eats small mammals, birds, lizards, and eggs. The
lizard hunts all year round mainly at night. The Beaded Lizard lives in the sub-humid
areas in Mexico along the Pacific coast.
The other of the two poisonous lizards is the Gila monster.
This lizard can grow up to 23in. long and can weigh up to 3 lb. The average life
span is 20 years. The diet of the Gila Monster is mainly bird eggs, reptile
eggs, baby birds, baby mice, and baby rats. The unique lizard lives in the
desert and moves about very slowly. They are mainly active at night. The Gila
Monster uses its tongue to pick up the scent of baby animals in the sand. When
the Gila Monster eats, it can store a surplus as fat in its tail. It can survive
months without eating food. It can
live off the fat in its tail. This lizard lives in the deserts of the South
Western United States. There is about three hundred and fifty-seven Gila
Monsters in captivity (1990). The Gila Monsters are protected under the Arizona
The Komodo Dragon is one of the rarest lizards in the world.
It is also the largest lizard in the world. The adult male is 8.6 ft. long, and
weighs 200lb. The female is 7.6 ft. long, and weighs 150lb. The average life
span of the Komodo Dragon is about 20 years. The Komodo eats anything it can
catch. Its favorites include deer, goat, wild boar, and even smaller Komodos.
The komodo is most active in the day, has excellent eyesight, and is a good
swimmer. This lizard can move vary quickly over short distances. It can track an
animal from up to 4 miles away. The habitat is lowland areas, mainly open with
open grassland and palm trees. They live on the Indonesian islands of Komodo,
Rintja, Padar, Flores, Gili, Mota and Owadi Sami. The Komodo is endangered
because of habitat destruction. There is about 2500- 5000 left in the wild.
One unique lizard is the Green Iguana. The Green Iguana can grow 6-8 ft.
including the tail. This lizard's life span is about 10 years. It eats plant
including young shoots, fruits, flowers, and leaves.
It is a quick climber and most always found in trees. The Green Iguana is
also a very good under water swimmer. The Iguana uses the whip lashing of tail
to defend it self. The female lies up to 70 eggs. The eggs are in incubation for
3 months, and are 10 in. when they hatch and grow up to 3 ft. long in the first
year. They live in the tropical forests in central and northern South America.
The Green Iguana is exploited for their skins. They are also sold as pets, for
food in South America.
Another unique lizard is the Rhinoceros Lizard. This lizard is 2 ft. long
snout to vent}. The Rhinoceros Iguana eats plants and animal material. This
lizard is most active during the day. It likes to bask in the sun. It lives in
dry country area with thorn bushes and thickets of cactus. It mainly lives on
Lesser Antillean island of Haiti. There is no estimate of Rhinoceros Lizards in
the wild. This lizard is being harmed by destruction of habitat. The predators
are mongoose, pigs, and dogs.
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