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Anonymous - 2012-06-21
Only last night I was watching a documentary on komodo dragons in which the presenter found proof (!) that they were also venomous, but he said, I think, that there was only one other Lizard that was so, ie' the Mexican Bearded Lizard, with no mention of the Gila ,so I'm wondering now is the Komodo so classed or not..

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-09
    Yes, the Komodo Dragons are venomous. The Gila Monster and the Beaded lizard are the two species from the Americas that are venomous, they are lizards in the family Helodermatidae. For a long time it was thought that only these two species were venomous, but research is finding that other lizards may also have venom, though of varying degrees. The Komodo Dragon, in the Varanidae family, is one of these that is definitely venomous.
  • Anonymous - 2014-01-01
    The komodo is not venomous, i'ts a bacteria in its mouth, that is commonly mistaken for venom but with a little research you'll find that it is just a deadly bacteria.
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faith brooks - 2009-12-21
I live in rural South Georgia. I have 5 acres of which 2.5 acres are heavily wooded. This past Summer my 3 dogs all came up limping. The oldest of the dogs quickly began losing weight and exhibiting lethargy. The youngest had "bites" on right and left feet. He was the only dog who roams the property. He showed bouts of lethargy but lost the least amount of weight. The third dog had a bite on his right foot. He is a Great Pyrenees and weighed 78 lbs when he went to the vet. The vet checked the, "bite" and said it was not a snake bite. During, the months we battled this strange illness, our vet ran over 250 tests on the Pyrenees. Never could give a diagnosis , admitted did not know what was wrong with the dogs. The oldest died. They were on three different types of antibiotics. Since cold weather has set in they are finally picking up but still underweight. We suspected tick borned illness until I was looking out on my yard by an outside camera. At first, I thought it was a snake but I noted the large tail lifted up as a counter weight to movement. It was at least 12 inches long looking from the back and it was black. My husband saw it later and said it was beaded type lizard. Our neighbor saw it on her deck near their pool. It is cold, now and I think it is hybernating. I think we will have to try and catch or kill this thing before it hurts a dog or children come summer. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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  • Immanuel Suttner - 2010-03-29
    You can get an animal professional in to relocate the lizard..no need to kill it.
  • Steve - 2013-10-28
    Are there any venomous lizards native to Georgia? Sounds like a pet was released.
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H Man - 2012-11-08
Would it be okay to put them in a enclosure that simulated their natural habitat?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-09
    That would be great as long as you will be able to easily and quickly clean the tank to avoid bites.  These guys enjoy time in their den so spend a long time making it's den comfortable and maybe some viewing areas in the den.
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Angel - 2008-11-26
These animals are awesome. I would not want to be stuck in a room with one of these. I do wonder what type of venom this lizard produces.

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mitch - 2008-03-05
These are easy animals to maintain and I have yet to have one get sick. The babies are definitely more aggressive. Natural sunlight makes these lizards more aggressive also. They need their nails clipped regularly or your hands will take a beating. If you keep more than one, keep them seperate unless they are the same size (cannibalism) and watch for fights between individuals.

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Big Al - 2012-08-04
I look forward to keeping these guys. I keep monitors and other lizards now, but heloderms are the pinnacle.

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mark - 2007-09-09
Pets for Dummies, on the contrary! These critters require respect, proper care and your concentration when being interacted with. I would argue these are pets for educated!

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chase ford - 2008-10-18
If anyone reads this message, I need to know, how long does a gila monster live? And I need to know if it is an endangered animal? How does it care for its young? Anyone!

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  • Anonymous - 2012-08-09
    Well maybe you should read the article
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-10
    It is believed in the wild the life expectancy is about 20 years but in captivity it is around 30.  Enjoy
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Anonymous - 2012-04-05
Who on earth would want to own something that's poisonous?

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  • Mc - 2012-05-06
    A lot of people own dogs, which cause a lot of human fatalities every year. There is no reliable record of a fatal bite from a Gila. Ever. So who would want to own something that could tear your throat out?
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lil mama - 2011-11-02
I want to know what are SOME limiting factors that affect or could affect the population of a GilaMonster??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    Anything that would affect a single Gila could affect an entire population. Not sure that is what you mean but scroll the article above and you will see that temperature, food sources as well as other factors affect one Gila -
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