The Gila is the largest lizard native to the United States and one of the few venomous lizards on the planet. The Gila monster uses its grooved teeth to release venom into its prey. Its bite is very strong and it can continue to clutch its prey, sometimes even biting down harder into the skin before releasing. A Gila monster will open its mouth and produce a hissing sound to warn off enemies. If a human endures a Gila bite they will not die, but may experience pain, swelling and shock.

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Location: South end of the Zoo; adjacent to prairie dog exhibit

Arrived at EPZ: Napoleon - 03/11/2017; Dynamite - 03/11/2017