Common Chuckwalla
Common Chuckwalla
ABout Common Chuckwalla

Chuckwallas seek out rocky areas that provide basking spots as well as shelter and protection.

When threatened, these reptiles will hide in rock crevices and gulp air to puff up, wedging themselves in and preventing predators from pulling them out. Females lay 5-10 eggs in a clutch and protect the eggs until they hatch. After hatching, juveniles immediately go out on their own.

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Average Size
3 to 8 inches long,
Up to 176 ounces
Native Region
Western United States and into Northwestern Mexico
Eating Habits
Perennial and annual plants
Conservation Status
Least concern
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The Common Chuckwalla is located in the Desert Dome.
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