National Geographic : 1947 Apr
Why Chuckwalla wears a slack suit T HE CHUCKWALLA LIZARD, Sauromalusobesus, lives among the sun-baked rock ledges of the Southwest deserts. Chuckwalla is no sleek beauty. His tough, scaly hide sags about his body in loose folds which give him a sluggish ungainly appearance. But while Chuckwalla's draped skin doesn't help his looks, it does aid him in escaping his enemies. When he is taking a sun bath on a burning hot rock, and a desert hawk appears in the brassy sky, Chuckwalla scrambles to the nearest ledge crevice and tumbles in. Then his slack hide gives him plenty of room to blow himself up, until his skin scales press against the rock walls. Thus anchored, the strongest claws can't drag Chuck walla from his refuge. Many wild things-and the Chuckwalla is a good example-have clever ways of keeping themselves from harm. But man is the only animal who, in addition to figuring out ways to keep out of trouble, goes further and arranges compensation for himself when he is dragged into trouble despite his best precautions. He does this through insurance-fire, wind storm, burglary, accident, automobile-all forms of insurance. Right now, your house and its contents everything you own-is more valuable than ever. And trouble coming your way, like an automobile smashup or an accident that lays you up, stands to cost you more than ever. So isn't it a good time to check up on your insurance, to make sure you have enough and the right kind? Your Travelers agent or broker will be glad to help you in this. Call him in today. MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insur ance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.