Fun Fact Friday - Gila monsters - Tucson News Now

Fun Fact Friday - Gila monsters

Gila monster (Source: See, Snap, Send it/guillermoe1031) Gila monster (Source: See, Snap, Send it/guillermoe1031)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

1 - A component of their venom (Exendin-4) has been approved by the FDA to be used in a new drug called Byetta which helps in the treatment of type-2 diabetes.

2 - The Tohono O'odham and the Pima believed that Gila monsters possessed a spiritual power capable of causing sickness. The Apache believed that its very breath could bring death, while the Seri and Yaqui believed in the healing powers of the lizard's hide.

(Facts from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum). 

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