Swedish Animal Park Hatches Two Gila Monsters

February 28, 2014




Two Gila monsters (Heloderma suspectum) were born at an animal park in Sweden, marking the first instance of a successful birth of the venomous lizards in Europe. Officials with the Skansen animal park in  Stockholm announced the birth this week after a four month incubation period, according to Sweden's English language news site The Local
 
Gila monster hatchling

Photo by Bo Jonsson/Skansen Aquarium  

After a four month incubation, this little Gila monster and a sibling hatched out of its egg at the Skansen animal park in Sweden.

 
"We're extremely happy to have finally succeeded in multiplying the numbers of Gila monsters after breeding them for years," Jonas Wahlstrom,  managing director at Skansen's aquarium, told The Local. The park has apparently been trying to successfully breed Gila monsters for several years and met with success on the birth of two of the lizards.
 
The Gila monster can grow to more than 20 inches in length but 13 to 19 inches is the average size. Its native range includes Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Mexico, in desert and foothills of mountains. In the wild, the Gila monster consumes rodents, eggs, and small reptiles. It is related to the beaded lizard, another venomous species that is native to Mexico. 

Related Articles

England's Chester Zoo Hatches Bell’s Anglehead Lizard

It is the first successful Gonocephalus bellii hatching in England.

Former Wild Recon Host Donald Schultz Accused Of Illegally Selling Endangered Lizards

Ex Animal Planet host charged with selling Iranian desert monitors to undercover USFWS agents

Four Javan Hump-headed Lizards Born At Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

The aquarium is now home to 13 Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module

Cast Your Vote

Do You Keep a Leopard Gecko?



 

Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleEdit Module

Find Us On facebook

Edit Module