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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.




Data & Facts

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

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