How to Draw a Gila Monster

In this quick tutorial you’ll learn how to draw a gila monster in just a few quick steps, but first…

Interesting Facts about Gila Monsters

Gila (pronounced hee-la) monsters are a species of lizard. They are one of the only two lizard species that are poisonous. Gila monsters live in certain parts of New Mexico, California, Utah, and Nevada. They also live in Arizona and throughout the country of Mexico. Their dwellings are underground in desert habitats. They can be found at the foothills of mountains and near grasslands. Gila monsters venture above ground during the spring to gather food and to mate.

Did you know?

  • Gila monsters grow to be almost two feet long, and they weigh about three pounds.
  • Gila monsters are the largest lizards in the United States.
  • Gila monsters are carnivores that usually eat eggs, reptiles, birds, and small mammals.
  • In captivity, Gila monsters live for at least 20 years. They typically live longer in the wild.
  • Part of Gila monster venom has been used in research for the treatment of type-2 diabetes.

Native Americans in the United States Southwest have various beliefs about the Gila monster. The Apache Indians believed that the breath of a Gila monster could bring death. The Pima Indians believed that the Gila monster brought on sickness amongst their people. On the other hand, the Yaqui and Seri Indians believed that the hide of Gila monsters had healing powers.

How to Draw a Gila Monster – Step-by-Step Tutorial