Dec 132012
 

(Sauromalus obesus) Chuckwallas live in the desert and when disturbed, a chuckwalla will wedge itself into a tight rock crevice and inflate its lungs in order to entrench itself.

 

 

 

What does the chuckwalla eat?

Primarily herbivorous, chuckwallas feed on leaves, fruit and flowers of annuals and perennial plants; insects represent a supplementary prey.

 

How long do they live?

In captivity for about 10 years.

 

How many chuckwalla can be born at a time?

Usually about 6.

 

Where are they found?

Chuckwallas live in the deserts of western Arizona, southern California, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, Sonora and Baja California.

 

 Interesting facts:

  • When disturbed, a chuckwalla will wedge itself into a tight rock crevice and inflate its lungs in order to entrench itself.
  • The male chuckwallas can reach 18 inches in length.
  • They do not drink water but obtain liquids from the plants they consume.
  • They are usually found in areas that have large rocks, boulders, or lava flows. There they can be seen sunning themselves on flat boulders. They also hide in gaps and crevices of rocks and boulders.

Chuckwalla at the Zoo

Walla Walla Bing Bang – he was donated to our facility by someone who found him in the desert on the way to Victor Valley. He came to us in 2009 as an adult. He is very curious and will often come to the front of the enclosure to watch what people are doing.  He loves his vegetables and especially the carrot shreds.