Science Main Index
The gila monster (pronounced HEE-la) is a lizard native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Their habitat includes scrub land, desert and woodland where they can shelter in burrows, thickets, and under rocks. They like locations with ready access to water. The gila monster is the largest lizard in the United States, and the only venomous lizard native to the United States. They mostly eat bird and reptile eggs, but will occasionally eat small birds, mammals, frogs, lizards and insects. It has a thick tail used to store fat that it can live off for months. Play the following videos to learn more about the gila monster.