Gila Shake

Animated GIF showing a gila monster wagging it's tail back and forth repeatedly.

Detailed Description

Can you do the Charleston? This animated GIF takes frames from a USGS video on the gila monster and reverses them to make this Southwestern lizard shake his tail...or perhaps dancing the Charleston. 

Gila monsters are one of only two venomous lizard species in the world. They live in the southwestern U.S. and in Mexico. This USGS video short (published on Aug 5, 2013) features USGS Emeritus Research Ecologist, Cecil Schwalbe describing details of Gila monster biology and ecology and how he survived a very painful Gila monster bite.

Original video shot by USGS Video Producer, Stephen Wessells. 


Image Dimensions: 1280 x 720

Date Taken:

Location Taken: Tucson, AZ, US


Animation: Scott Horvath
Video Producer: Stephen M. Wessells


Gila Monster
Original video shot by USGS Video Producer, Stephen Wessells.