Chuckwalla

The chuckwalla is the second largest southwest desert lizard. The chuckwalla is a rock dwelling reptile that uses rocks as shelter and a place to bask in the sun.

Fast Facts

  • To help rid the body of excess salt, they "sneeze" salt from their bodies.
  • This lizard is able to change colors somewhat according to changes in light, temperature, etc.
  • They mainly browse on a wide variety of leaves, flowers, buds, and fruit, but consume insects sometimes.

Scientific name

Sauromalus ater
Range  Southwestern North America and Central America
Conservation status Least Concern
Diet Omnivore
Zoo location Herpetarium

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