The Mexican Beaded Lizard is a unique reptile with a head covered by a long, thin scale-like exoskeleton. This type of lizard has no wings and uses its large hind legs to propel itself. Although it may look very similar to the common mole, these reptiles differ in that they do not have vocal cords and their name is based on their ability to regenerate rapidly from wounds. They are nocturnal and feed on rodents, small fish, chinchillas, and other reptiles.
Like most reptiles, this creature grows to about two feet long when fully mature. Their name comes from the fact that they usually have a red color with black dots on their undersides. Their body is covered with a band of brown feathers which end at their tails. Their legs have blackened tips, which also act as eyes. Since the venomous snakes have an extremely slow regenerating ability, the Mexican beaded lizard has to hold on tightly after the first strike and continue to gnaw or bite at its prey for the venom to enter its prey.
While there are many species of snakes in the world, there is one that is well known in the southwestern United States and that is the Mexican beaded lizard. This is a subspecies of the large hailund, which can grow up to forty-five inches in length. They are common throughout all of Mexico, especially in the mountainous areas, and can be found in the dry forests, swamps, and deserts. It is said that these lizards have been in Mexico for thousands of years, probably in combination with the Mayans, but there is little historical documentation to prove this.
The Mexican beaded lizard was nearly hunted to extinction by big game hunters in recent times, but thanks to the efforts of scientists, many were able to be reintroduced into the wild. The lizard is very gentle with humans and only has a few predator predators in its range. It also likes to feed on rodents, insects, chinchillas, and other reptiles. Like most lizards, it has no natural predators in the Western part of its range. It is considered to be a pest in many of its localities, where it eats all kinds of insects, berries, fruits, and seeds.
One reason the Mexican beaded lizard is so favored by humans as a pet is because of its ability to regenerate. Most animals live only for a few days or even just a few weeks, but these lizards can survive for up to two years. Regeneration is key to their long lives, since they need to have their tail attached to the vertebrae to keep themselves alive. They do not regenerate off of their foot, and even though their tail might break off during a fight, a skilled fighter can often lure the injured lizard back to him using his claws.
The Mexican beaded lizard also has an unusual way of defending itself: it produces a horrid odor that can blind and disorient animals long after they are unconscious. This defensive strategy makes them excellent candidates for hunters. They have been known to strike down hares and other animals that threaten their food supply. They are also adept at catching and eating fish, although their digestive systems are such that they have difficulty digesting large fish eggs. When fighting another Mexican beaded lizard or any other predator, they will fiercely emit a horrid odor, which is especially unpleasant to the unaccustomed nose.
Believed to exist only in the Southern parts of Mexico and Guatemala, the Gila monster has lived on the earth since prehistoric times. It probably evolved from a snake-like ancestor that existed in the same rivers and lakes as the chupacabra. Believed to be nearly six feet in length, the Mexican beaded lizard has a stout body and tail and is fast and strong. Males reach a maximum size of fifteen inches, but a female Mexican beaded lizard may exceed twenty-eight inches. Head of a captured specimen has been found to contain a highly potent venom that can kill a human being if ingested.
Believed to be native to Central Mexico and Guatemala, the Mexican beaded lizard was hunted by Spanish priests as a game for quail hunting. It is also believed to have been used by hostile Indians as a poison dart to kill horses and other valuable targets. The slender body of this lizard makes it easy to trap and kill; it has a short tail that permits it to hide in dense cover and ambushes its prey on the spot. In captivity, a fifteen inch long specimen of this lizard is a formidable and quick predator. When fully grown, it reaches one hundred ninety pounds with a slightly shorter tail.