Gila Monster

Heloderma suspectum

 

 

 

What can I say?  They are pretty much self explanatory.  In the early 1970's, late 60's, I bought and sold these, along with other collected and imported venomous reptiles.  When my home state of California decided to protect them, I picked out a few to keep for my school lectures, and sold the rest.  A few years later, I hatched some babies (that was my first legitimate captive breeding, although I had hatched some from wild caught females that laid eggs) and had to get permission from the state to breed them.  They insisted that they had to approve any sales I made.  After two years of trying to get permission to sell some to a zoo in Belgium, I appeared before the Fish and Game Commission, pleaded my case, and came away with an agreement that I would "keep them informed" so people couldn't "wash" illegal animals using me, but could now sell.  If you are responsible, and can legally own Gilas, I can sell them to you.  I would prefer you live out of California, but if you have permits (if required where you live) we can do business.  There have been deaths from Gila Bites.  See my article on Gilas and Beaded Lizards for more husbandry details.

Other animals in the Heloderma group:

Mexican Beaded Lizard (H. horridum)

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