The Rio Fuerte Beaded Lizard (Heloderma horridum exasperatum) is a venomous reptile. It is also called the Mexican Beaded Lizard. It is related to the Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum).
The Rio Fuerte Beaded Lizard is blackish with yellowish bands. It has a stocky body with a broad head. Its scales are small and look like beads. It has a short tail. It has a pink, forked tongue. Unlike other lizards, if it loses its tail, it does not grow back.
It measures about 57-91 centimetres (22-36 inches) in length.
The Rio Fuerte Beaded Lizard is native to Mexico and Guatemala. It prefers deciduous forests, scrub forests, and deserts.
It eats bird eggs, reptile eggs, small birds, and small mammals.
The female lays 2-30 eggs, which hatch after about 8 months.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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