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Common Chuckwalla
Formerly known as Sauromalus obesus, but now officially known as Sauromalus ater. This fine female (I think) was basking and posing for us in a remote canyon in Death Valley National Park. At first, she was timid, at one point running under a rock to hide. But after a while, she realized we had no desire to eat a lizard. We were far into the wilderness, but we still had a turkey sandwich and plenty of Clif shots, after all. 08 March 2009.


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How big is that lizard?
Posted Mar 9, 2009 3:14 pm

Day HikerRe: size?

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This one was about a foot long, which is smaller than the full-grown length of about 16 inches.
Posted Mar 9, 2009 4:39 pm

Ejnar FjerdingstadI she

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

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pregnant/with eggs with that big belly, or do they always look like that?
Posted Mar 10, 2009 1:41 pm

Day HikerRe: I she

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That large belly is a distinctive characteristic of the chuckwalla. It is its normal physique -- an American thing, probably.

Chuckwallas are herbivorous, occasionally eating insects also. My brother told me that it is typical for herbivorous lizards to have larger bellies to accommodate their diet.
Posted Mar 10, 2009 9:38 pm

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Day HikerSubmitted by Day Hiker
on Mar 9, 2009 2:24 pm

Image ID: 496562
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Lat/Lon: 36.14769°N / 116.76875°W
Object Title: Common Chuckwalla

Image Type(s): Wildlife