Sauromalus ater

The chuckwalla is a diurnal lizard that emerges from its rocky shelter to bask in the sun and forage for leaves and fruit during the day. When faced with a coyote, hawk or other predator, the chuckwalla scurries into a rock crevice and inflates its body to wedge in tight for protection.

Fact File

life expectancyLife Expectancy: More than 20 yrs
ecological roleEcological Role: Herbivore
habitatHabitat: Rocky desert and thorn forest
dietDiet: Leaves and fruit