Please note: Due to our annual wine-tasting event, Uncorked, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. General admission tickets will be sold through 3:30 p.m.


Gila Monster

Heloderma suspectum

Gilamonster Gallery

About the Gila Monster


Geographic Range:


Class: Reptilia  
Order: Squamata  
Family: Helodermatidae
Genus: Heloderma  
Species: suspectum 

Gila monsters are found in rocky desert scrub and foothill areas from northwest Mexico to southwest United States. The gila monster is one of only two venomous species of lizard.