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Gila monster

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Gila monster
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Urist likes gila monsters for their coloration.

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Tamed Attributes
Pet value 50

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Not hunting/war trainable 

Birth: 30 cm3
Mid: 1,000 cm3
Max: 2,000 cm3
Food products
Eggs 2-12
Adult at: 1
Max age: 20-30
Butchering returns

(Value multiplier ×3)

Food items

Meat 2-6
Fat 2-6

Raw materials

Bones 0-4
Skull 1
Skin Scales

Wikipedia article

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Note that some content may still need to be updated.

A small venomous lizard.

Gila monsters are small reptiles found in all desert biomes. They are solitary creatures who only spawn one at a time. While carnivorous, they are less than half the size of a cat and therefore should not pose a threat to an adult dwarf. They do, however, possess a venomous bite which is relatively mild (as far as venoms go), but still causes pain and swelling on the victim; and with a flimsy dwarf, pain can lead to unconsciousness, which is never a good look in combat.

Gila monsters are natural swimmers and are able to path through water and breathe in it, should your desert map possess any.

Gila monsters are fairly standard as far as pets go, should the player choose to train them. They produce similar products to cats when butchered, and so can be used if the player wants some extra meat. They fare relatively well when used for egg production, as they are one of the better egg-layers among desert creatures, laying between 2-12 eggs at a time. However, they are ultimately less productive than ostriches and several domesticated poultry.

Some dwarves like gila monsters for their venomous bite and their colouration.

Admired for its venomous bite.