The Chuckwalla Lizard Sneezes Salt!

23 Mar

Amazing skin:

Chuckwalla lizards are large, pot-bellied lizards which wear a loose, baggy skin. Though the skin appears to be much too large, it is just exactly what this lizard needs when an enemy approaches. 

When an enemy approaches the chuckwalla, the lizard runs very quickly to a rock crevice and hides in it. In the crack of the rock, the chuckwalla swallows air and blows up like a balloon. When the enemy arrives the chuckwalla is safely wedged in the crack. Though within easy reach, it is safe.

Amazing salt glands:

The chuckwalla lives in the southwestern deserts of the US. It grows to twenty inches long, weighs three pounds. Being a vegetarian the chuckwalla eats flowers and fruits especially in the early morning and evening.  The only water it gets is that stored in the flowers and fruits it eats.

Many desert plants absorb much salt from the soil in which they grow. The chuckwalla receives enough salt from its food to kill an ordinary animal. The salt would kill the chuckwalla, too, were it not for its special salt-removing glands. These glands are located in the nostrils of the chuckwalla, and, as the salt builds up on the glands, the lizard occasionally sneezes. The sneeze expels the crystallized salt which the glands have filtered out of the lizard’s bloodstream.

Amazing color changes:

The cold-blooded chuckwalla sleeps late. But when it arises, it must warm up in a hurry. Desert nights and early mornings are often very cold. Cold-blooded creatures are slow and sluggish when they are cold, and cold lizards are easy to catch. For this reason, the chuckwalla wears a dark-colored, heat-absorbing skin. The sun warms the lizard before the air warms up. Later in the day, the lizard’s skin changes to a heat-reflecting light color because the chuckwalla must not get too hot either.

Amazing digestion:

These big, dark-bodied lizards some time bask during the hottest part of the day. This behavior helps them digest the flowers, fruits, and leaves in their stomachs by literally cooking them. Chuckwallas perch on rocks so hot as to be unbearable to the hand—but they love it.

Amazing estivating:

While the chuckwalla doesn’t hibernate, it does estivate.  That means it just lays around for about seven months of the year.  It just so happens to be those months when the yellow flowers aren’t blooming, so there’s nothing to eat.

“As we examine the chuckwalla’s amazing abilities we’re compelled to recognize its Designer.  Only God, Who is an intelligent, rational Being, can account for the order and design evident in the chuckwalla lizard and all of nature.”  (Dr. Jobe Martin—biology major from Bucknell University)

Romans 1:20   For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

How could this be?

Evolutionist DMS Watson said: “Evolution itself is accepted by zoologists not because it has been observed to occur or is supported by logical coherent arguments, but because. . .no alternative explanation is credible.

While the fact of evolution is accepted by every biologist, the mode in which it has occurred and the mechanism by which it has been brought about are still disputable.

The theory of evolution itself is a theory universally accepted not because it can be proved by logical coherent evidence to be true but because the only alternative is special creation, which is clearly incredible.”

The chuckwalla is another of those incredible creatures that defy evolution.  Skin he can puff up—living without water—sneezing pure salt—changing colors to absorb or deflect light—estivating those months of the year when there is no food to eat—all these amazing features point to one amazing fact—the chuckwalla is designed by a very intelligent being—God! 

 

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One Response to “The Chuckwalla Lizard Sneezes Salt!”

  1. coolbeans01 January 16, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    that is cool

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