4Habitat The Gila Monster lives in the Southwestern United States Found in theMojave, Sonoran,and Chihuahuandesert.
5Characteristics 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
6Facts producing up to 28 eggs per clutch strictly terrestrial lizards hibernate beneath surface cover
7Facts 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
8Why? Protection status: Threatened Gila populations are shrinking due primarily to human encroachment, and they are considered a threatened species.
9Questions 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?
10Size Compared 2 humansSize relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man