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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Helodermatidae
Genus:Heloderma
Genus species:Heloderma horridum exasperatum

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:up to 80 cm
Identification:The beaded lizard has pale yellow dots on otherwise black skin. It has a broad head, a thick rounded tail, and a fleshy tongue.
Habitat:Open dry forests
Diet:Carnivore: eggs, young rodents, carrion
Reproduction:Females lay 3-13 eggs that incubate for 30 days before hatching. Several clutches a year are possible.
Behavior:Beaded lizards are nocturnal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The tail is used to store fat. Beaded lizards are venomous. Their venom, injected as they chew on their prey, is a neurotoxin which affects the victim's breathing.

Other Information

Geographic:Southwestern North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:herptile
Mexican beaded lizard
Gila monster
lizard
reptile
Heloderma
Helodermatidae
Lizards
Squamata
Reptiles
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata