Not exactly a little critter; he was about a foot long. Taken in Red Rocks, 4/06 by S Hobby


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Day Hiker - Oct 13, 2006 10:01 pm - Voted 10/10

Hard to get . . .

. . . a good shot of a chuckwalla (Sauromalus obesus). They usually scamper away pretty quick. Nice job! I've seen them in the Grand Canyon, but not yet in Red Rock.


lisae - Oct 13, 2006 10:25 pm - Hasn't voted


It was a warmish day, so he was moving relatively slowly. This was the best of about 5 pictures.

I didn't recognize it as a chuckwalla. The ones I've seen in Joshua Tree look a bit different, and were usually hanging out in cracks. Very funny to be cimbing a route and come accross one.


lcarreau - Dec 24, 2007 2:34 pm - Voted 10/10

Perfect specimen!

Chuckwalla - member of the Iguana Family. Can reach 16-1/2" long. This is a male; black head
and yellowish or reddish toward rear. Diurnal,
often seen sunning on rocks. Great capture!!!

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