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Common Chuckwalla

Sauromalus ater


  • Southwestern United States & Mexico


  • Desert


  • Shrubs
  • Weeds
  • Annual flowers

They are diurnal lizards that feed mainly on shrubs, weeds, and annual flowers of their desert environments.

Common chuckwallas can be found throughout the southwestern United States and Mexico. They are communal most of the year and only become territorial during the breeding season. They wedge themselves in between rocks to avoid predators, inflating themselves so that they cannot be pulled out.

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