Gila monster

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Gi·la monster

A large stocky venomous lizard (Heloderma suspectum) of the southwest United States and western Mexico, having black and orange, pink, or yellowish beadlike scales.

[After the Gila River.]

Gila monster

(Animals) a large venomous brightly coloured lizard, Heloderma suspectum, inhabiting deserts of the southwestern US and Mexico and feeding mostly on eggs and small mammals: family Helodermatidae. Also called: Gila
[C19: after the Gila, a river in New Mexico and Arizona]

Gi′la mon`ster

a large, venomous lizard, Heloderma suspectum, of the SW United States and NW Mexico, covered with beadlike scales of yellow, orange, and black.
[1875–80, Amer.; after Gila]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Gila monster - large orange and black lizard of southwestern United StatesGila monster - large orange and black lizard of southwestern United States; not dangerous unless molested
venomous lizard - any of two or three large heavy-bodied lizards; only known venomous lizards
genus Heloderma, Heloderma - type genus of the Helodermatidae; American venomous lizards

Gila monster

n monstruo de Gila
References in classic literature ?
Yes, there it squatted, an ugly, misshapen, figure, a cross between a toad and a gila monster, half man, half beast, with big red eyes--rubies probably--that gleamed in the repulsive golden face.
Temperatures spike to an inhospitable 120 degrees amidst dangerously brittle vegetation and venomous wildlife such as the Gila Monster, Rattle Snake, and the deadly bark Scorpion.
State law enforcement officers release Ranger, a Gila monster fitted with an identifying microchip, and keep watch nearby.
Meanwhile, John Eng, a medical researcher and practicing physician, also received the award for studying the poisonous venom produced by the Gila monster, a sluggish lizard found in the Southwest.
A gila monster raids eggs in a bird's nest, while a rattlesnake and rabbit pass peacefully on a path--morality and judgment don't exist in this realm.
However, previously published reports described an aggressive interaction between Morafka's desert tortoise and a Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum), where a female tortoise was observed attacking a Gila monster that tried to raid her nest and eat her eggs (Vaughan, 1984; Barrett and Humphrey, 1986; Zylstra et al.
The drug is the synthetic form of a hormone, exendin-4, which is found in the saliva of the Gila monster lizard.
In this way it is similar to a Gila monster or a Komodo dragon.
But, thanks to a healthier eating and exercise regime, and the synthetic saliva of a gila monster lizard that he takes in injection form once a week, he is fighting fit.
Other animals described include bats, meerkats, desert tortoise, fennec fox, Gila monster, ostrich, and camels.
Although the Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) is widely distributed throughout the Sonoran and portions of the Mojave Deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, details of its distribution in California are imperfectly known, due to the apparent rarity of the species in that state.
Leipheimer won the Tour of the Gila after finishing first in two of the early stages and coming in third behind Armstrong in the last stage, dubbed the Gila Monster.