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What are mandrills?

The mandrill is a large, colorful baboon that lives in the dense forests of western Africa.

This odd-looking monkey has a long, doglike face, big teeth, and a short, stumpy tail.  Its long nose is red with orange whiskers, its cheeks are blue, and its sitting

Mandrill

pads are colored red and blue.

A full –grown mandrill is about the size of a large dog.

Mandrills travel in bands called “troops.”

Unlike most monkeys, they are poor climbers and have learned to live on the ground.

The males stand guard and watch out for danger.  They are fierce fighters.  If a leopard tries to attack a member of the troop, all the male mandrills will attack the leopard together.

Mandrills are fast runners.  When they run they move in a sideways gallop.

They feed on plants, and small animals.  Wherever they get a chance, they will also steal farm crops and fruit from orchards.  – Dick Rogers

 

What is a Gila monster?

A Gila monster (pronounced HEE la)  is a large, poisonous lizard that makes its home in the deserts of southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Gila Monster

It is easy to recognize a Gila monster.  It has fat, clumsy body about two feet long and is covered with beadlike orange-and-black scales.

The Gila’s short, stumpy tail is a storage place for fat.  The creatures can live on this stored-up fat for months.

The bite of a Gila monster is similar to that of a poisonous snake.

When the Gila bites, it will often chew its victim, working the poison into the wound with its grooved teeth.

Small animals die quickly when bitten.  Usually, human beings suffer only painful swellings.

Fortunately, these lizards are very slow-moving and it is easy to keep out of their way.

Gila monsters are named for the Gila River region of Arizona, where they were first discovered.  – Dick Rogers