How Many Venomous Lizards Are There?

There are several species of lizards that are venomous, but the number is relatively small compared to the total number of lizard species. Some of the well-known venomous lizards include:

  1. Beaded Lizards (genus Heloderma): Apart from the Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) and the Mexican beaded lizard (Heloderma horridum), there are two other recognized species in the Heloderma genus: the Guatemalan beaded lizard (Heloderma charlesbogerti) and the San Esteban Island beaded lizard (Heloderma exasperatum).

  2. Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis): Found on the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar.

  3. Lace Monitor (Varanus varius): A large lizard species found in Australia, known to possess venom-secreting glands.

  4. Perentie (Varanus giganteus): Australia’s largest monitor lizard, and it has venom-secreting glands as well.

  1. Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis): Found in Borneo, this small, secretive lizard is venomous.

  2. Desert Monitor (Varanus griseus): A species of monitor lizard found in North Africa and the Middle East, which potentially has venom-secreting glands.

Please note that the list provided is not exhaustive, and there may be additional venomous lizard species that are lesser-known or have yet to be discovered.

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