Animal Stories - Gila Monster


Animal-World Information about: Gila Monster

The Gila Monster is a patriotic lizard, beautifully colored and the largest lizard native to the United States!
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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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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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Wynona - 2011-07-24
You didn't mention Gila Monsters living in Texas, but when I was about twelve [late 1960s] I lived in a rural area near Colorado City, Texas and my mother and I used to watch one that came out to sun on our cellar door. It was about 15-16 inches long and we saw it off and on for several years. I remember my mother telling me to never try to catch or pet it, but just leave it alone and enjoy watching it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-25
    That's neat. I can watch bears from my window but I am not going out to pet them.
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Mark - 2010-05-30
Am I required to have a license to own or raise Gilas in Utah? (Captive bred)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-26
    You have to call whatever is your Fish and Game there and ask. The name is different in various states but the SPCA would know the name. Rules are also different in various counties within a state also (if you can believe that). I had a license which wound up good for anything except a pig. A little pig I could not have but I could have a gorilla. Go figure. No, I did not have a gorilla.
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Doug - 2009-06-26
We spotted one here in Tucson, AZ. I named him Fred.


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jay - 2007-05-16
Gila monsters are a protected species under Arizona state law in the United States, and may not be killed, or kept in captivity without a license. They are listed as a threatened species under the United States Federal Endangered Species Act, as well as in Mexico. It is against Arizona State law to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect this animal or any attempt to engage in such conduct. I just saw one wandering around outside my house the other day.

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