Mexican beaded lizard (Heloderma horridum)

This is one of very few lizard species that actually is venomous! They have venom glands in the bottom of their jaws and can deliver a very painful bite! They are found in different habitats around Mexico. They can be found in desert, tropical forests and thorn scrub forests. The beaded lizard is threatened in the wild by habitat loss and missunderstanding. There is alot of myths about this lizard, some believe that they can actually spit their venom. But that’s not true at all. The venom contains several enzymes that is useful in research about diabetes so instead of fearing them we should respect them. I’m very happy to be working with this amazing specie!

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