This wrinkly, skin folded lizard is diurnal and spends a vast amount of time basking in the sun. To prevent overheating, the chuckwalla will move into shady holes or crevices. It will also move in between rocks or squeeze into crevices in order to hide from predators. The chuckwalla is solitary meaning it spends the majority of its life alone. As a desert resident, the chuckwalla obtains almost all of its consumption of water directly from the plants it feeds on.
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Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
Arrived at EPZ: 05/13/2009