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San Esteban Island Chuckwalla

The chuckwalla belong to the iguana family of animals; they are the largest of the five species of chuckwalla and are endangered due to the tiny range of their habitat. San Esteban is a tiny island in the Gulf of California. 


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Sauromalus varius


Islands of San Esteban, Roca Lobos and Pelicanos in the Gulf of California

Location in the Zoo

Reptiles and Amphibians Building

Cool Animal Fact

They do not drink water and get all water they need to survive from the plants they eat. They excrete salty crystals when they sneeze!