21 Jun 2010 • 2,760 views
The following images were not obtained during any sort of camping in forests with severe and/or adverse conditions. They also did not require any serious planning and understanding of animal behavior to demonstrate my dedication as a photographer. I simply went to a place where a collection of these fine creatures have been put together, waited for the pose and clicked. This place is called a ZOO! :)
The chuckwalla is a medium-sized herbivorous lizard (20 - 40 cm in length) from the family Iguanidae. They inhabit arid areas such as Arizona, Texas and Mexico. The Grand Canyon area is perfect chuckwalla land with lots of rocks and crevices to hide in and bask on. Harmless to humans, these lizards are known to run from potential threats. When disturbed, the chuckwalla will wedge itself into a tight rock crevice, gulp air, and inflate its body in order to entrench itself.
Western chuckwallas are diurnal, meaning they're active during the day.
In the morning, they bask to warm up, then start searching for food.