A pair of Baja blue rock lizards now call the Aquatic & Reptile Center (ARC) home — and it’s the first time this species has resided at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
The new lizards are both 4-year-old males that arrived in late October from the Los Angeles Zoo. Their names, Baja Blast and Baja Splash (after the popular limited-edition sodas), fit right in with the names of the ARC’s other resident lizards: Quesadilla, Chimichanga, Potato Olé, and Guacamole. Baja Blast and Splash are a bit tricky to tell apart, although Baja Blast lost the tip of his tail at some point before arriving at MCZ. The tail tip regrew, but it’s slightly different in color, compared to Baja Splash’s tail.
Guests can see them in the shared habitat with the Gila monsters and chuckwallas, other desert lizard species. The animal care team notes that Baja Blast and Splash are settling in well and exploring the habitat. They’re also great climbers and have even been spotted climbing on the ceiling of the habitat!
Stop by their habitat in the ARC to meet Baja Blast and Baja Splash!