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The beaded lizard is a large lizard that can be black or brown in color with yellow spots or bands. The tail can be black or brown with a ringed pattern of alternating dark and yellow banding.
The beaded lizard is active during the cooler periods of the day (morning, dusk, late after noon, and at night).
The mating season takes place in September and October. Females lay 2-15 eggs that hatch in 10 -12 months
Adults can be more than two feet in length.
Beaded lizards are carnivorous. In the wild these lizards hunt small mammals, lizards, birds and will readily eat eggs. Beaded lizards are one of only a few lizards with actual venom. The venom is stored in grooved pits at the base of each tooth. The venom is delivered to the lizards prey by a chewing motion. At the Zoo the beaded lizards are offered rats once weekly, as with most carnivorous reptiles, it will take up to a week or more for the lizard to completely digest it’s meal and be ready to eat again.
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