from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large herbaceous lizard (Sauromalus obesus) of the southwest United States and Mexico, related to the iguana.
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- n. A lizard, of the genus Sauromalus, living in arid regions of the Southwestern United States.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A local name for Sauromalus ator, a large, dark-colored lizard, belonging to the iguana family and inhabiting the desert regious of southern California, Utah, and Nevada, and portions of Arizona and New Mexico.
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- n. a herbivorous lizard that lives among rocks in the arid parts of southwestern United States and Mexico
Case knew the cove because it was the landing point for Cañon de las Palmas, a site of his long-term chuckwalla work.
Summer temperatures routinely soar above 120 degrees, and unless you are a chuckwalla lizard, your discomfort at any time of year will likely range from mildly overheated to thoroughly scorched.
The many reptiles include the common chuckwalla, Texas horned lizard, desert spiny lizard, and various species of rattlesnakes.
He could easily have cited the Aldabran tortoise, the chuckwalla of Angel de la Guarda, the hippo of Madagascar, the beetles of Madeira, the elephantids of Timor, the iguanas of the Galápagos, the finches of Darwin and Lack, the earwig of Saint Helena, and the dodo.
They tried chuckwallas too, but chuckwalla meat turned out to be more disagreeable than starvation.
Of course the ultimate indignity, worse even than going home without chuckwalla data, is death.
He has surveyed the chuckwalla population here every summer for twelve years.
He has been afloat for three days at a stretch, unable to land safely on any of those rocky islands, trapped on the boat, using a bucket for his latrine, running short of gas, putting life jackets on the carboys of drinking water in anticipation of shipwreck, and then finally limping back to Bahia without having captured a single chuckwalla—which for him represents the penultimate indignity.
The chuckwalla mortality is alarming, but another alarm rings somewhat more stridently.
He makes a few observations about the ecology of the giant chuckwalla.