A lizard in England described as a chuckwalla that the keeper says was lost six weeks ago was found at a car park near an airport in Guernsey.
A lizard in England described as a chuckwalla that the keeper says was lost six weeks ago was found at a car park near an airport in Guernsey. The Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got a call August 9 about what the caller said was a toad in the parking lot of the car park. When the GSPCA arrived on the scene, the case of mistaken identity was apparent as the “toad” was actually a chuckwalla, a lizard native to North America.
“There was a little confusion over the species of the stray lizard we had in yesterday, but thankfully the owner came forward,” Steve Byrne, GSPCA manager said in a statement on the GSPCA website. “The lovely black lizard is a chuckwalla and had been missing for 6 weeks. It hadn’t travelled very far and thankfully with the weather we have had it is very similar to what it would live with in the wild in Mexico and south west America.”
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Hopefully this lizard is doing well and found something to eat during its six weeks away from its keeper.
Chuckwallas (Sauromalus sp.) are of the Iguanidae family and grow to about 14 to 20 inches. Like the green iguana, chuckwallas are vegetarians and obtain nearly all their water from the plants that they eat. They are native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico and can live more than 20 years.