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Gila Monster Care Sheet

Description: The Gila Monster does not make a very good pet because it is extremely venomous and can only be handled with gloves.
Scientific Name: Heloderma suspectum
Lifespan: Up to 20 years
Average Size: 2 feet
Origin: Western North America


Crickets and mealworms make the best food for Gila Monsters. As they get older and larger small pinkie mice can also be used for food. You should first dust their food with a calcium and multivitamin supplement every day or two.

Gila Monsters are known for soaking in their water dish so ensure that it is large enough for them to do so. Since they will be using it to bathe in be sure that you clean it on a daily basis.



Humidity: Humidity for Gila Monsters should be maintained at approximately 50%.
Lighting: Gila Monsters, like most lizards will require 12 hours of UV light per day.
Size: Due to their large size you will need to give your Gila Monster a habitat that is at least the size of a 50 gallon aquarium.
Substrate: Compacted potting soil works great as a substrate for these lizards. You can also use newsprint or reptiles carpet which will ease in cleanup.
Temperature: During the day the temperature in your Gila Monsters habitat should be maintained between 75 degrees F and 85 degrees F. At night a temperature drop of 5 degrees F is appropriate. The Gila Monster will also appreciate having a basking spot that reaches 95 degrees F to 100 degrees F.
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