Back around 1998 I was turned on to herping by a friend from work. Anyway, he was absolutely obsessed with gila monsters, so much so that it wore off on me. We went on a road trip to Arizona to try to catch one; fortunately we didn't as they are protected.

Now I want one as a pet. I saw them selling for about $1200 from Dr. Seward. I can't afford it right now, but eventually I would like to buy a breeding pair with all the CITES permits, etc. so I can raise my own for sale.
Do they make good pets? I've heard about their venomous bites which while not fatal hurt like hell.
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Do they make good pets? I've heard about their venomous bites which while not fatal hurt like hell.

Aside from the venom thing, I think they'd make good pets. But the venom thing is a big one. You may not die, but excruciating pain, weakness and dizziness, and the real possibility of shock are not exactly something to sneer at.

They're mellow, easily handleable (with big ass gloves and proper precautions please!), and generally good-natured in my experience.

Many people have difficulty breeding them though because they keep them too fat.
They also don't have very complex care requirements, which is a plus.
And to top it all off, they're absolutely gorgeous.

What kind of marketability do you think they'd have if you bred them though?
-Z
What kind of marketability do you think they'd have if you bred them though?

I've always wondered if the market price accurately reflects the cost of breeding them? Right now, the high price seems to encourage people to go "catch their own" (poaching them, since they're protected) and I'm sure the occasional WC surfaces for sale.
What kind of marketability do you think they'd have if you bred them though?

I've always wondered if the market price accurately reflects the cost of breeding them? Right now, the high price seems to encourage people to go "catch their own" (poaching them, since they're protected) and I'm sure the occasional WC surfaces for sale.

I wonder what the black market price is? But I read that they're hard to catch because spend almost all their time buried in mud and only come out a few times a year to mate and feed. In fact, they're not even sure if they are really endangered at all - the fact that they remain hidden most of the time makes their numbers in the wild very difficult to calculate.
I never thought too much about them, but my friend's enthusiasm wore off on me. I swear, when we were in Tucson he almost had an orgasm when we drove by a highway overpass with a mural of a gila monster. He also traded a bunch of stuff just to obtain a Garbage Pail Kids trading card - "Cactus Jack" which had a gila monster on it.
Gilas are awsome, we just had 8 hatch 2 weeks ago at the store!!! We have more due to hatch soon!!! They do demand respect, as we have a male that will run to bite you!!! If you know anything about Gilas, you know they just don't run!!!LOL!! ERIC
This thorn in my side is from the tree I planted;
It tears me and I bleed, I'm bleeding me!!
METALLICA
Gilas are awsome, we just had 8 hatch 2 weeks ago at the store!!! We have more due to hatch ... male that will run to bite you!!! If you know anything about Gilas, you know they just don't run!!!LOL!! ERIC

Eric, what store do you work at??
-Z!!!
I wonder what the black market price is?

I wouldn't have the foggiest, but it would also have to be pretty high once you factor in trips to the natural range, potentially paying people who could rat you out, transportation "on the down low," time and effort expended in finding them, etc. I'd have to say even the black market price would still be in the high multi-hundreds apiece.
I wouldn't have the foggiest, but it would also have to be pretty highonce you factor in trips to the ... in finding them, etc. I'd have to say even the black marketprice would still be in the high multi-hundreds apiece.

Never feed your Gila Monster after

Josh
Never feed your Gila Monster after midnight...[/nq]
LOL! Thanks for that ... it put a much needed smile on my face this morning )
Chloe
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