"beaded lizards with mouths black as a chowdog’s"
Mexican Beaded Lizard (Heloderma horridum)
GNU Free Documentation LicenseMexican Beaded Lizard (Heloderma horridum) - Credit: Derek Ramsey

The Beaded Lizard is a species of venomous lizard found principally in Mexico and southern Guatemala. The reptile feeds primarily upon eggs, so the use of its venom remains a source of debate among scientists.

 

Chow Chow
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeChow Chow - Credit: Remigiusz Józefowicz

 

A Chowdog (properly Chow chow) is breed of dog that was developed in China. Its Chinese name Songshi Quan literally means ‘puffy-lion dog’. They typically have blue-black/purple tongues.