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Goatsby’s Place, home of the Gila monster!

Join us in exploring the fascinating world of the Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum)

Natural History

Learn about the natural history of one of the world’s only venomous lizards.

Captive Care

Responsible captive care information based on over twenty years of living with amazing Gila monsters.

Captive Breeding

Breeding and captive propagation information available here based on personal success and info available.

Recent Posts

PIT tagging Gila monsters

PIT (passive integrated transponder) microchip tags are certainly not new to the pet industry, being used extensively on cats and dogs to help lost animals find their way home. Taking this application a step further, some reptile owners PIT tag their herps to help keep track of animals in their collection or to identify those … Continue reading PIT tagging Gila monsters

Better together

With the discovery that hatchling Gila monsters over winter in their nest, I wanted to perform my own non-scientific social study of hatchling Gilas. Normally baby Gila monsters are reared on their own in solitary containers to facilitate easier feeding and maintenance, but this year I housed two siblings to see how they would be … Continue reading Better together

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