New Gila Monster book from Dr. Hans-Joachim Schwandt

Fans of the fantastic website already know how knowledgeable and passionate Dr. Schwandt is about Gila monsters, and in September 2019 he released his long-awaited book on our favorite subject. Being the Gila geek I am, my order was placed the day pre-orders were announced and was certainly not disappointed when it arrived. The book covers a wide range of topics in detail and covers some information not previously seen in other books. Certainly a must-have for your collection of Heloderma reading, the book can be purchased from the author on his website or here.

Heloderma Bibliography

A few Heloderma books from my collection.

The Yahoo! Heloderma group created and maintained by Mark Miller is being taken down. So, I thought it would be a shame to let Mark’s work fade into oblivion and have posted his well-curated Heloderma Bibliography here for posterity. One of these days I will update this list with some of the newer books that have come out since it was compiled.

CREATED by Mark Miller / UPDATED circa 1998 by Mark Miller

Allen, Morrow J. 1933. Report on a collection of Amphibians and reptiles from Sonora, Mexico, with the description of a  new lizard. Occas. Papers Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, no. 259, pp.1-15

Arnberger, L. P. 1948. Gila monster swallows quail eggs whole. Herpetologica, vol. 4, pp. 209-210

Beddard, Frank E. 1906. On the vascular system of Heloderma, with notes on that of the monitors and crocodiles. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1906:601-625, 8 fig.

Bloyd, Gary R. 1970. The gila monster (Heloderma suspectum). Bull. Florissant Herpetol. Soc. (8):1-2.

Bogert, Charles M., and Rafael Martin del Campo. 1952. Geoclines and ontoclines in lizards of the genus Heloderma. Annu. Meet. Amer. Soc. Ichthyol. Herpetol. 32nd., Austin, Texas.

Bogert, Charles M., and Rafael Martin del Campo. 1956. The Gila Monster and its allies: the relationships, habits, and behavior of the lizards of the Family Helodermatidae. Bull. Amer. Mus. Natur. Hist. 109:1-238, 35 fig., 20 pl., 5 tab., 2 Maps.

Boulenger, Georges Albert. 1891. The anatomy of Heloderma. Nature (London) 44:444.

Boulenger, Georges Albert. 1891. Notes on the osteology of Heloderma horridum and H. suspectum, with remarks on the systematics position of the Helodermatidae and on the Vertebrae of the Lacertilia. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1891:109-118.

Boulenger, Georges Albert. 1918. Les lezards Helodermatides de l’Eocene Superieur de la France. Comp. Rend. Acad. Sci. (Paris) D 166:889-893.

Cheek, L.W. Watch Out! The Little Monsters Bite. Arizona Highways 1990 Vol. 88 (8): 42-46

Cooper, Robert H. 1969. Melanoma in Heloderma suspectum Cope. Proc. Indiana Acad. Sci. 78:466-467.

Cuesta Terron, Carlos. 1934. El escorpion. Heloderma horridum  Wiegmann. 2a Ed. revisada por Rafel Martin del Campo. pp. 1-14. Folletos Divulgacion Client., Inst. Biol., Univ. Nac. Mexico.

Curtis, L. 1949. Notes on the eggs of Heloderma horridum. Herpetologica 5(6):148.

Dolensek, E.P., Cook, R.A. Clinical Challenge [Radiographs of enteritis due to Salmonella infection in a Gila monster (Heloderma s. suspectum)]. J Zoo Animal Medicine 1987. 18 (4): 168-170

Durham, Floyd E. 1951. Observations on a captive Gila Monster. Amer. Midland Nat., vol. 45, pp. 460-470, 1 table.

Edwards, H. T., and D. B. Dill. 1935. Properties of reptilian blood. II. The gila monster (Heloderma suspectum Cope). J. Cell Comp. Physiol. 6(1):21-35, 5 fig., 5 tab.

Funk, Richard S. 1966. Notes about Heloderma suspectum along the western extremity of its range. Herpetologica 22(4):254-258.

Grasse, Pierre-P. 1970. Les glandes venimeuses et le venin des sauriens helodermatides, p. 676-680, fig. 454, In, Pierre-P. Grasse, Traite de zoologie, anatomie, systematique, biologie, vol. 14. Reptiles, Fasc 2, Caracteres generaux et anatomie. Masson et Cie Ed., Paris.

Haddon, E.P. 1954. Little monster. Outdoor Life, vol. 114, pp. 46-49, 15 illus.

Hensley, M. Max 1949. Mammal diet of Heloderma. Herpetologica, vol. 5, p.152

Kauffeld, Carl F. 1943. Field notes on some Arizona reptiles and amphibians. Amer. Midland Nat., vol. 29, pp.342-359, 4 illus.

King, F. Willis 1932. Herpetological records and notes from the vicinity of Tucson, Arizona, July/August 1930. Copeia, pp.175-177.

Komori, K; Nikai, T; Sugihara, H. Purification and characterization of a lethal toxin from the venom of Heloderma horridum horridum.  1988. Biochem. and Biophysical Research Communications. Vol 154 (2): 613-619

Koster, William J. 1951. The distribution of the Gila monster in  New Mexico. Herpetologica, vol. 7, pp.97-101, map.

Matthey, Robert. 1931. Chromosomes de sauriens: Helodermatidae, Varanidae, Xantusiisae, Anniellidae, Anguidae. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Natur. 57:269.

Mebs, Dietrich. 1968. Some studies on the biochemistry of the venom gland of Heloderma horridum. Toxicon 5(3):225-226, 1 fig.

Mebs, Dietrich. 1969. Isolation and properties of kallikrein from the venom of the gila monster (Heloderma suspectum). Hoppe-Seyler’s Z. Physiol. Chem. 350:821-826, 3 fig., 2 tab. (Germ., Engl. summ.).

Mebs, Dietrich. 1969. Purification and properties of a kinin liberating enzyme from the venom of Heloderma suspectum. Naunyn-Schmiedebergs Arch. Pharmakol. Exp. Pathol. 264(3):280. (Germ.).

Mebs, Dietrich. 1970. Biochemistry of Heloderma venom. Int. Symp. Anim. Plant Toxins 2nd Progr.:64-65. (abstr.).

Mebs, Dietrich. 1970. Biochemistry of Heloderma venom. Toxicon 8(2):142-143 (abstr.).

Mebs, Dietrich. 1970. Biochemistry of kinin-releasing enzymes in the venom of the viper Bitis gabonica and of the lizard Heloderma suspectum, pp. 107-116, 6 fig., 2 tab., In, F. Sicuteri, M. Rocha e Silva and Nathan Back (Eds.), Bradykinin and related kinins: cardiovascular, biochemical and neural actions. Plenum Press, New York.

Mebs, Dietrich. 1970. Untersuchungen ueber die wirksamkeit einiger schlangengift-seren gegenueber Heloderma-gift. Salamandra 6(3-4):135-136 (Engl. summ.).

Mebs, Dietrich, and H. W. Raudonat. 1967. Biochemie des giftes der krustenechsen Heloderma suspectum und Heloderma horridum. Naturwissenschaften 54(18):494.

Mebs, Dietrich, and H. W. Raudonat. 1968. Biochemical investigations on Heloderma venom. Mem. Inst. Butantan 33(3):907-911, 4 fig.

Michl, H. 1972. (Review of) Untersuchungen ueber die wirksamkeit einiger schlangengift-seren gegenueber Heloderma-gift, by Dietrich Mebs, 1970. Toxicon 10(2):189.

Mulch, Ernie 1952. Why protect Gila monsters? Arizona Wildlife- Sportsman, vol. 23, no. 9, pp. 30-31, 71, 1pl.

Patterson, Robert A., and In Soon Lee. 1969. Effects of Heloderma suspectum venom on blood coagulation. Toxicon 7(4):321-324, 4 tab.

Pregill, G.K.;Gauthier, J.A.;Greene, H.W. 1986 The Evolution of Helodermatid Squamates with Description of a New Taxon and an Overview of Varanoidea (Trans. San Diego Soc. Nat. Hist 21 (11): 167-292

Shaw, Charles E. 1968. Reproduction of the gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) at the San Diego Zoo. Zool. Garten 35(1-2):1-6, 3 fig.

Shufeldt, R. W. 1890. Contributions to the study of Heloderma suspectum. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1890:148-244, 3 pl.

Stahnke, Herbert L. 1950. the food of the Gila monster.  Herpetologica, vol.6, pp.103-106.

Strel’nikov, L.D. 1944. Snachenie solnechnoi radiatsii v  ekologii vysokgornyh reptilii. [Importance of solar radiation in the ecology of high mountain reptiles.] Zool Zhur., Moscow, vol. 23, pp. 250-257.

Taub, Aaron M. 1963. On the longevity and fecundity of Heloderma horridum horridum. Herpetologica 19:149.

Trutnau, Ludwig. 1968. Gefangenschafts-beobachtungen an krustenechsen (Heloderma suspectum Cope). Aquarien Terrarien Z. 21(4):120-125, 10 fig.

Trutnau, Ludwig. 1970. Ein beitrag zur behandlung erkrankter krustenechsen (Heloderma horridum und Heloderma suspectum). Aquarien Terrarien Z. 23(8):251-253, photos.

Trutnau, Ludwig. 1970. Die skorpion-krustenechse Heloderma horridum (Wiegmann). Aquarien Terrarien Z. 17(7):228-231, 5 fig.

Tu, Anthony T., and David S. Murdock. 1967. Protein nature and some enzymatic properties of the lizard Heloderma suspectum suspectum (Gila monster) venom. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 22(2):389-396, 6 fig., 1 tab.

Tu, Anthony T., and David S. Murdock. 1967. Protein nature of Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum suspectum) venom. Int. Congr. Biochem. 7th., Tokyo (abstr.).

Van Denburgh, John. 1922. Helodermatidae in Reptiles of Western North America… Vol. 1: 470-476, plt 44-47. SF Acad. Sciences

Vandermeeers, Andre; et al. Chemical, immunological and biological properties of peptides like vasoactive-intestional-peptide and peptide-histidine-isoleucinamide extracted from the venom of two  lizards (Heloderma horridum and Heloderma suspectum) Eur. J. Biochem. 164, 321-327 (1987).

Vorhies, Charles T. 1917. Heloderma suspectum, automobile tourists and animal distribution. Science, vol. 68, pp. 182-183

Wagner, Ernie; Smith, R.;Slavens, F. 1976. Breeding the Gila monster in captivity. International Zoo Yearbook, Vol. 16

Willey, D.A. 1906 Gila monsters. Sci. American, vol. 95, p. 192