Lazy Lizard That Can Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes


Have you ever heard of the Gila monsters? They are one of the laziest lizards. Gila monsters are carnivores, meaning they only eat meat. Since they are lazy, their prey is always easy to catch: eggs, newborn mammals, frogs, rodents, insects, lizards, worms, and carrion (dead animals).

Gila monsters are found in the Sonoran, Mojave, and Chihuahua deserts in the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. They spend most of their time in burrows (underground home). Gila monsters usually stay inside during the day when it's too hot and come out at night when it’s cool.

Gila’s lay eggs like other animals. they lay up to 13 eggs at a time, and the female lizards incubate them for four months. The eggs are about 2.5 inches long and weigh 1.4 ounces. A newborn Gila monster is around 16 cm long. Gila monsters have big stout bodies. A full-grown Gila monster measures a little under 2 feet long and weighs about 40 pounds. They have a lifespan of about 30 years.

One of the cool traits of Gila monsters is that they can help with the management of Type 2 diabetes with their saliva, nicknamed “lizardspit”. Gila monster may be lazy, but they have the ability to cure the sick, which makes them cool.

[Source: Live Science]

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