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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.

chuckwalla looking sleepy

Did You Know?

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.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Sauromalus ater

United States and northwestern Mexico

Rocky desert and thorn forest

More than 20 yrs

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Leaves and fruit