There’s no mistaking the distinctive look and smell of a Beaded lizard. These lizards have been a part of Mexican folklore since early times. Although most don’t realize it, a Beaded lizard can actually give you several health benefits. These creatures have been proven to have increased resistance to diseases and ailments, as well as being more resistant to predators. Although rattlesnakes and other venomous reptiles may seem scary, many people who aren’t bitten can still benefit from knowing more about them. The following are some interesting facts about these unique reptiles.
The scientific name for this creature is the Motagua Valley Bearded Lizards (otherwise known as “Spanish Bearded lizard”) and is located in the drivable mountain range of the Yucatan Peninsula. In fact, the lizard’s scientific name is not even its proper name. This is because the lizard is part of the Motaguaoothilla genus and is part of the family of reptiles known as Caudellidae. This group includes all lizards with smooth bodies and long tails, including snakes, chameleons, and sloths. These lizards belong to the subfamily Acrobathidae, which includes all reptiles with long legs and tail.
Like most reptiles, the beaded lizard evolved from a reptile that walked upright on two legs. The first record of a walking beaded lizard is from the Cretaceous geological period, which predated the dinosaurs. At the time, these animals were considered to be nothing more than rodents. However, palaeontologists speculate that these animals were capable of walking on two legs like modern lizards. The name for the genus and the species designated as the beaded lizard are retained in modern taxonomy.
The beaded lizardmexico is an inhabitant primarily of the moist forests of the Yucatan peninsula and southwestern Mexico. In nature they are solitary animals. They feed on small animals such as monkeys, lizards, and even birds and insects. There are believed to be no subspecies of the beaded lizardmexico; rather there are different forms within a single genus. This is because the Yucatan Peninsula has experienced many extinctions over the past hundred million years.
One of the most distinctive features of Mexican beaded lizards is that their teeth have hard points at the end that project beyond their mouth. These teeth have been compared to those of the Cheetah, a large cats-the only known non-cat predator in the world. Another key characteristic unique to Mexican beaded lizards is their venom glands, or pincers. These are placed either at the side or front of their mouths. When a lizard bites into a prey item, the sharp teeth inject a liquid that creates a chemical reaction which causes the tissue of the animal to die, often very painfully.
The most popular of all lizards living in the Mexican deserts is the horridum. A small body with a long, narrow body and an unusually shaped head (rounded by a short neck and a large head-dress), the horrid is also known as the desert mouse-bat. A small body with grayish colorish tail and red hind legs (which look like that of a cat’s), the horrid also has a series of small, pointed wings and is commonly called the black-tailed mouse-bat.
Horridums are solitary animals, eating either meat or plants depending on the season. They favor plants in moist sandy soil and are nocturnal. They can hide in the shadows of rocks or dune banks and are often found in rocky areas along river banks or in sand dunes. They hide in the lower portions of cliffs and are capable of eluding capture through camouflage. Their venom is somewhat weaker than that of most other snakes and the bite is not easily distinguishable from that of other snakes. Horridum venom is especially deadly and can cause death over a period of two minutes from the point of contact.
The slender, grayish-green body of the Guatemala is similar in shape to that of the Mexican beaded lizard. However, it does not have the prominent forelimb rings that are common to this species. Also, unlike the horrid, the scales of the Guatemala are more evenly distributed and appear in a more natural way. The name guayahualu means ‘giant lizard’ and these lizards are so large that they require a larger area of habitat to live, as opposed to the relatively small habitats of the other two types of snakes.