Beaded Lizards



The Mexican beaded lizard famagusta beller commonly referred to as the Mexican Beaded lizard. The name of this Mexican beaded lizard originates from its bead like scales that cover its entire body and face. Towards the base, the scales are finer. They vary greatly in color across their whole range.

Beaded Lizard

Like all lizards, these species prey on other reptiles. Although no snakes can penetrate the thick fur of these creatures, they may attack birds and other small animals. Unfortunately, there has been very little study on this important aspect since humans first discovered the mexican beaded lizard.

Although it is very rarely seen, one of these animals does have a tail. Specifically, the mexican beaded lizards have “teardrop” tails. These are very distinct in appearance and quite unique in behavior. Some species of burrowing monitors also have teardrop tails.

Despite the lack of information on these animals, they do share a few basic characteristics with these Burrowing monitors. I say few because the numbers of these creatures in the wild vary widely depending on their population structure. It’s believed that their numbers have decreased in recent times due to habitat destruction and encroachment on their natural habitat. One thing is certain, however humans should pay special attention to them during times of endangered habitat or during intensive research projects within their natural habitat.

Interestingly enough, mexican beaded lizards do not have venomous bites. While it is not clear why this is, it is a possibility. They do have some very strong teeth, but they are not capable of inflicting severe injury to their prey through venom. As with most venoms, there seems to be a high degree of tolerance for the most popular venomous snakes in the world ( Cobra) so we may never know why this is the case. The possibility of snakes having evolved specifically to deliver a dangerous bite does not exist, however, meaning that humans should not be worried about these lizards delivering a dangerous bite to their prey.

There are no recorded cases of a mexican beaded lizard biting a person. However, they do have some very large bodies which could allow them to overcome a would-be victim. This powerful body is one reason why scientists are concerned about the rapidly decreasing numbers of these animals. It is also one reason why populations of these lizards need to be monitored so that their numbers are not depleted in the southwestern United states.

Another concern is the fact that the mexican beaded lizard is not widely hunted. Their population is not threatened, and their habitat is not being destroyed. They are not on the Endangered Species List, and are not protected by the Endangered Species Act. Because of these facts it is difficult to see how much danger these animals present to humans.

Because of their small bodies, they are capable of hiding their eggs in vegetation, twigs, and rocks. They will only lay their eggs in these hiding places if they are particularly cool or wet. Helodermatids will incubate their eggs in cool moist areas like ponds, streams, and lakes where the temperatures are cooler. Because of their adhesive qualities, these snakes will very often “hold” their eggs on surfaces like river banks, inside rock crevices, and under damp leaves until they hatch into tadpoles. The average time to hatch from a beaded lizard’s egg is ten days, which makes them great nocturnal animals.

Their name is based upon the fact that they look like small gila monsters with elongated soft bodies and a long, fleshy tail. Their head is very small, about half the total length of their body, with a large, wide head of fleshy color. The tail has two toes, each ending in a claw. Their eyes are large, round, and brown, with the iris being larger than the rest of their body. Their nose is long, straight, and hooked, while the upper parts of their bodies are short, slender, and reddish-brown.

The scientific name for the Mexican beaded lizard is holariformes, which translates as “pig-nosed” or “heloderma horridum.” This refers to the fact that they have a strong resemblance to theropod dinosaurs like the ceratopsian. The holariformes dinosaur group, which includes the Mexican beaded lizard and the alligator lizard, is a group that also includes several other lizards like the iguanodon and elasmosaurids.

The Mexican beaded lizard shares some of its closest relationship to other small reptiles. In fact, it shares at least two of its most basic traits with these animals, including its relatively small size (the largest among lizard species). Also, it possesses only one robust tail, compared to the three commonly found in other reptile species. Interestingly enough, they possess two sets of abdominal feathers, unlike all other reptiles. Their hind legs lack joints, while their front legs and tail have jointed claws. Based on these similarities, it is likely that the Mexican beaded lizard belongs to a separate group of mammals, distinct from other reptile and amphibian species.