the big one

During the hike with kids (April 2001) we came across this beautiful lizard resting in the Stovepipe Wells Dunes area, Death Valley NP, CA.
It is Common Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater). The name Chuckwalla derives from the Shoshone word "tcaxxwal" or Cahuilla "caxwal", transcribed by Spaniards as "chacahuala".
Chuckwallas are diurnal animals and as they are exothermic, spend much of their mornings and winter days basking. These lizards are well adapted to desert conditions; they are active at temperatures of up to 102°F (39°C). Chuckwallas hibernate during cooler months and emerge in February.

Mating occurs from April to July, with 5-16 eggs laid between June and August. The eggs hatch in late September. Chuckwallas may live for 25 years or more.

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Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Apr 27, 2007 11:09 pm - Voted 10/10

Wow!!

Excellent photo!! I'm honored to be the first one to vote on it ;)

tomi

tomi - Apr 27, 2007 11:21 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow!!

Thank you Anya. I enjoyed your nature photos as well.

Sajama

Sajama - May 4, 2007 5:44 am - Voted 10/10

Galery

You have a very interesting galery!

Thanks for your votes.

tomi

tomi - May 7, 2007 4:59 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Galery

Thank you

atthecrux

atthecrux - Sep 28, 2007 2:46 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice gallery

Love those lizards! Fascinating creatures... I owned an iguana for 12 years and also breed chameleons. So as you can tell I'm a herp person. Great idea on the gallery

Jessicahiker

Jessicahiker - Oct 17, 2007 9:44 am - Hasn't voted

Lizard

Leaping lizards! What a great opportunity to be able to photograph this magnificent creature.

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