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Angel Island Chuckwalla

The Angel Island Chuckwallas, the world’s second-largest species of chuckwallas, are lizards that belong to the chuckwalla group, and are found only in the Isla Ángel de la Guarda in the Gulf of California. However, they were introduced to the other islands by a tribal group as a source of food.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Iguanidae
    Genus Sauromalus
    Species S. hispidus
    Scientific Name Sauromalus hispidus


    Other Names Spiny chuckwalla
    Length 64 cm (25 in)
    Coloration Different shades of gray
    Distribution Endemic to the Isla Ángel de la Guarda (Guardian Angel Island), and 10 other smaller islands in the Gulf of California
    Habitat Dry to very dry regions consisting mostly of rocks, trees and cacti
    Diet Primarily herbivorous, feeding on leaves, fruits, and flowers, but also insects, very occasionally
    Breeding Season April to July
    Clutch Size 5 to 16 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on September 16th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 4th September 2017.

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