REPTILIAN TUESDAY # 38
Whew, it’s hot here in this desert! We hope someone brought some mud for sunscreen! We’re here to find a marvelous lizard who can blow himself up! No, no, the lizard doesn’t actually explode, instead they inflate! Are you ready to meet this new friend?
MEET THE CHUCKWALLA!
Range/Habitat: Southwestern United States-Northern Mexico/desert
Diet: Herbivore: fruit, leaves, flowers, succulents
Length: 11-16 ½”
Conservation Status: common
- Chuckwallas are large, wide and flat bellied lizards.
- Their name comes from a Native American word!
- Chuckwallas like hot conditions. They are often seen basking in the sun during the day!
- When threatened chuckwallas jam themselves in crevices and inflate their lungs and flaps of skin, so that is impossible for a predator to get them out!
- They have thick long tails.
- Male chuckwallas are larger and often have black heads.
- They have a life span of up to 25 years.
Wow, they lizards are not only cool, but they have a cool name! Try saying Chuckwalla three times fast! Chuckwalla, chuckwalla, chuckwalla… We got tongue tied just typing it :)!
And he’s got a cool belly to tickle!