Beaded Lizard

Heloderma horridum horridum

The beaded lizard is one of only a few species of venomous lizards. Named for its bead-like bumpy texture, the beaded lizard uses its venom to paralyze its prey. The venom is injected through its grooved teeth by repeated biting.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: 2.3 to 3.3 ft
habitatHabitat: Tropical forest
dietDiet: Small animals, such as birds, rodents and insects, and eggs
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)