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  • H. suspectum sexually matures at three to five years old.
  • H. h. horridum, H. h. exasperatum, and both subspecies of H. suspectum are frequently found in captivity, and are well represented in zoos throughout much of the world.
  • Little is known about the social behavior of H. suspectum, but they have been observed engaging in male-male combat, in which the dominant male lies on top of the subordinate one and pins it with its front and hind limbs.
  • There is some dispute over the exact degree of the toxic qualities of the venom of the Heloderma suspectum, or Gila monster. Cited from Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine, Gould/Pyle
  • Lizard bite is a cutaneous condition caused by bites from various lizards, including the poisonous gila monster (Heloderma suspectum).
  • Suspectum comes from the describer, paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope, who suspected the lizard might be venomous due to the grooves in the teeth.
  • Non maneo, neque tu me habebis falso suspectum. Cited from Amphitryo, Asinaria, Aulularia, Bacchides, Captivi, by Plautus
  • It and its congener the Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum), are the only lizards known to have evolved an overt venom delivery system.
  • The beaded lizard has one close living relative, the Gila monster (H. suspectum), as well as many extinct relatives in the Helodermatidae, whose genetic history may be traced back to the Cretaceous period.
  • The two subspecies of Gila monster are the reticulated Gila monster (H. s. suspectum) and the banded Gila monster (H. s. cinctum).
  • The herpetologist Laurence Monroe Klauber proposed, in a tongue-in-cheek article which blames Dr. Watson for getting the name of the snake wrong, a theory that the swamp adder was an artificial hybrid between the Mexican Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) and Naja naja.
  • It was originally isolated in Gila monsters (Heloderma suspectum), horned lizards (Phrynosoma solare), and chuckawallas (Sauromalus ater).