4 Habitat The Gila Monster lives in the Southwestern United States Found in theMojave, Sonoran,and Chihuahuandesert.
5 Characteristics Stays underground 95% of its life Only one of a handful of poisonous lizardsoccasionally omnivorous, eating blossoms and buds in the springEats eggs and helplessyoung of reptiles, birds,and small mammals
6 Facts producing up to 28 eggs per clutch strictly terrestrial lizards hibernate beneath surface cover
7 Facts Cont. Average lifespan 20 to 30 years Size: 20 in (50 cm) Weight: 4 lbs (1.8 kg) Weight: 4 lbs (1.8 kg)Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man
8 Why? Protection status: Threatened Gila populations are shrinking due primarily to human encroachment, and they are considered a threatened species.
9 Questions on the Gila What is its the average lifespan? How much does it weigh?Is it threatened or endangered?Why is its population shrinking?How much of its life does it spend above ground?
10 Size Compared 2 humansSize relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man