One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A venomous lizard with a stout body, short limbs, a large blunt head, and scales that resemble beads, occurring from the south-western US to Guatemala.
Family Helodermatidae and genus Heloderma: the Mexican beaded lizard (H. horridum) and the Gila monster
- ‘Moreover, like many snakes - but unlike any other lizards - Gila monsters and beaded lizards are venomous.’
- ‘Gila monsters are one of only two venomous lizards in the world, the other being the closely related beaded lizards.’
- ‘At rest, Gila monsters and beaded lizards have among the lowest metabolic rates ever measured in lizards - far lower than the rates in monitor lizards.’
- ‘Such shelters - usually abandoned mammal burrows, rocky crevices, or, in the case of the beaded lizards, tree cavities - are crucial to survival in regions of great seasonal extremes of climate.’
- ‘You have got the Gila monster and you've got the beaded lizard.’
- ‘I had my gear, my letters of permission, and four years of field experience observing the beaded lizard's sister species, the Gila monster (H. suspectum).’
- ‘They also say that the bite of the Mexican beaded lizard is highly hemotoxic.’
- ‘The other-the beaded lizard - also happens to live here.’
- ‘The only poisonous lizards are the Gila monster and the beaded lizard, both of which live in the deserts of Mexico and Arizona.’
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