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Mexican Beaded Lizard   (Heloderma horridum)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

The Mexican beaded lizard is one of two dangerously venomous lizards in the world and is found mainly in Mexico and southern Guatemala. They are larger and not as brightly colored as their close relative, the Gila monster. These lizards are semi-arboreal and feed primarily on bird and reptile eggs raided from nests.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaded_lizard

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Lizard-Species/Beaded-Lizard/

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Squamata
Family - Helodermatidae
Genus - Heloderma
Species - H. horridum

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Here’s blood in your eye!

Horned lizards utilize a few tried-and-true ways of avoiding predators: like many other animals, they blend in with their surroundings and can puff themselves up to look larger and more threatening. But what they are best known for is a particularly messy hail-Mary play, where they startle and confuse predators by squiring blood out of their eyes! To accomplish this, the horned lizard increases the blood pressure in its head, rupturing the vessels in its eyelid, at which point a stream of blood, carefully aimed and up to 5 feet in length squirts the offending predator. The horned lizard’s blood is particularly foul to canine and feline (possibly due to the high quantity of venomous harvester ants in its diet), and should provide just enough of a diversion (or aversion!) for the lizard to scurry away and survive another day!

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