The Gila Monster: Heloderma suspectum - Natural History,
Husbandry & Propagation
by Dr. Hans-Joachim Schwandt
This book summarizes the current state of knowledge about
Heloderma suspectum through analysis of recently published scientific
literature and breeding outcomes provided by international breeders along with
the author’s own experiences and observations to form an up-to-date
understanding of this lizard species.
In addition to the chapters on biology, in which the
habitat, its flora and climatic conditions are presented, as well as anatomy,
the book provides detailed instructions on the captive husbandry, reproduction,
health issues and finally, the rearing of juveniles.
The venom apparatus, the medical use of the various
components of Heloderma suspectum venom, the risk of envenomation and the
treatment of such a case is also covered.
A total of 390 photos, drawings, diagrams and maps are used
to illustrate all the major details presented in this book.
A chapter on the evolution of helodermatids authored by
paleo-herpetologist Krister T. Smith of the Senckenberg Museum
Frankfurt/Germany as well as an extensive contribution by the US-American
lizard specialist Aaron M. Bauer (Villanova University) on the “Knowledge and
iconography of the genus Heloderma until 1900” completes the book.
The preface by Karl H. Switak attests to the fact that Dr.
Hans-Joachim Schwandt has acquired much of his knowledge about reptiles in
natural habitats during his many trips during which he was accompanied by
American friends. Last, but not least, the dynamic US contacts he has
maintained for decades made it possible to gather valuable information and
photo documentation prior to the completion of this book.
This monograph on Heloderma suspectum has been translated
from the original German by Dr. Donald W. Stremme.
272 pages, 395 color & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, and color distribution maps, 5 tables