Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The Venomous Gila Monster
The Gila monster is the largest lizard native to the United States. It can grow up to two feet and weigh over five pounds ... and it’s quite venomous. However, a Gila monster bite has never resulted in a human death. Instead of injecting venom (like snakes) Gilas grip victims and chew, allowing neurotoxins to spread from their teeth to the open wound. They can be easily spotted because of the bright pink, orange or yellow patterns that adorn the backs of their black bodies.
Bonus Fact: A type of protein found in Gila saliva can be used to treat diabetes in humans.