In the wild Gila monsters eat small mammals, lizzards, frogs, insects, carrion, birds and bird's eggs. They hunt primarily
with their sense of taste and smell instead of with their eyes. These predators smell its prey and tracks it. They flick their
forked tongue to taste the secent particles that were left, like a trail, on the ground. The element of surprise is their
key to successful hunting. They grab their pray and subdue it with their jaws and teeth. Most of their prey is small enough
to overcome without venom. Nonetheles, venom flows into the bite wounds after infliction. Their venom attacks the nervous
system and is strong enough to kill birds and mammals. This may be intensified as the Gila monster clamps down with the jaws
and rolls over. It has been theorized that the venom of the Gila monster is used more as a defense mechanism.