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The Chuckwalla: A Death Valley Indian Food


A favored though probably infrequent fare of the Death Valley Indians was the flesh of the chuckwalla (Sauromalus obesus), California's largest lizard. The capture of one of these creatures provided a good-sized meal, for a full-grown individual can attain a length of eighteen inches and a weight of two or three pounds.

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