Common Chuckwalla

Chuckwalla- HaraSauromalus ater

Chuckwallas are the second largest lizard native to California (Gila monsters are the largest).   They can be found in the deserts of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Baja California.  One of the few exclusively herbivorous lizards, this desert resident will spend its days foraging for flowers, fruits, and leaves or basking on large rocks.

They avoid predation by wedging themselves in crevices and puffing themselves full of air, making it almost impossible to extract them.

Our resident chuckwalla is our newest and youngest reptile animal ambassador.  She came to live at Lindsay Wildlife in 2014 at only a few years old.  Chuckwallas can live up to 25 years.

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