Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53696

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Iguanidae
Genus:Sauromalus
Genus species:Sauromalus obesus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:28-42 cm
Identification:The chuckwalla has dark skin and a pale yellow tail. The male is speckled with yellow and red, and the female has dark cross bands.
Habitat:Rocky deserts
Diet:Herbivore: leaves, buds, flowers
Reproduction:Female chuckwallas breed every other year. They lay 5-10 eggs each breeding season.
Behavior:As a defense, the chuckwalla will wedge itself into a rock crevice and inflate its body with air, making it very difficult for the predator to remove it.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:These desert-living lizards store extra liquid in their accessory lymph nodes.

Other Information

Geographic:Southwestern North America Date:1967-03 Subjects:herptile
Chuckwalla
lizard
reptile
Sauromalus
Iguanas
Lizards
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53696