One of the only two venomous lizards in North America, the beautiful Gila Monster is a threatened and protected species. They spend 90% of their lives underground and only emerge with the summer rains. If you are lucky enough to see one, back off right away – it is illegal to interfere with them. If you harm, catch or keep one it could cost you up to $750.00 in fines. Not to mention their really nasty bite!