It's tail acts as a fat storage facility!
Gila Monster Scientific Classification
- Scientific Name
- Heloderma Suspectum
Gila Monster Conservation Status
Gila Monster Locations
Gila Monster Facts
- Main Prey
- Eggs, Small Mammals, Birds and Reptiles
- Shrubland, desert and woodland
- Humans, Coyotes, Birds Of Prey
- Favorite Food
- Average Clutch Size
- It's tail acts as a fat storage facility!
Gila Monster Physical Characteristics
- Skin Type
- Top Speed
- 15 mph
- 20-30 years
- 1.3-2.2kg (3-5lbs)
Gila Monster Images
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Gila Monster FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are Gila Monsters herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores?
Gila Monsters are Carnivores, meaning they eat other animals.
What Kingdom do Gila Monsters belong to?
Gila Monsters belong to the Kingdom Animalia.
What class do Gila Monsters belong to?
Gila Monsters belong to the class Reptilia.
What phylum to Gila Monsters belong to?
Gila Monsters belong to the phylum Chordata.
What family do Gila Monsters belong to?
Gila Monsters belong to the family Helodermatidae.
What order do Gila Monsters belong to?
Gila Monsters belong to the order Squamata.
What type of covering do Gila Monsters have?
Gila Monsters are covered in Scales.
What genus do Gila Monsters belong to?
Gila Monsters belong to the genus Heloderma.
In what type of habitat do Gila Monsters live?
Gila Monsters live in shrublands, deserts, and woodlands.
What is the main prey for Gila Monsters?
Gila Monsters prey on eggs, small mammals, birds, and reptiles.
What are some predators of Gila Monsters?
Predators of Gila Monsters include humans, coyotes, and birds of prey.
How many eggs do Gila Monsters lay?
Gila Monsters typically lay 8 eggs.
What is an interesting fact about Gila Monsters?
A Gila Monster’s tail acts as a fat storage facility!
What is the scientific name for the Gila Monster?
The scientific name for the Gila Monster is Heloderma Suspectum.
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