Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

How To Make Friends in the Desert: Chuckwalla Edition

I was relocating a diamondback on a mountain in North Phoenix, and saw a skinny little female chuckwalla dart into a rock. On the way back, I though I’d offer her some water, and she was instantly fine with me being there. She drank from the rock, and eventually came out and right into my lap.

Suaromalus ater


I got it on video, too:

… which seemed to get a bit of attention, resulting in this bit of silliness:

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