Iguanas, which basically are large lizards, are known for their sturdy structure and saggy skin around their throats and spines. They are regarded as popular pets. These magnificent creatures are found mostly in Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean Islands. Let’s explore some interesting facts about Iguana.
2. Iguanas have Third Eye
On the top of their heads; these lizards have a third eye, which is a retina like structure that connects to the pineal gland in the brain. Even though it does not produce images, it’s an important element to them.
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3. Survive great falls
Iguanas who can be very stable and safe on the trees, can occasionally fall down but what is interesting is that they can survive great falls even from the height of 40-50 feet without injuries. Brave hearts!
4. Baby Iguanas have rough beginning
5. Excellent Swimmers
6. They can spend time underwater without breathing
7. Don’t go on the name
Even though these lizards are called “Green Iguana”, they can have different colors too like blue, orange or purple. Their skin works as a camouflage, allowing them to blend with the landscape.
8. Social Creatures
They say looks can be deceptive, same goes for iguanas. These scary looking lizards only eat plants, fruits, leaves and flowers and sometimes insects. They are docile and kept as pets.
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10. Iguanas can inflate themselves
11. Young Green Iguana eat poop of grown iguana
12. Kill themselves if not cared properly
Iguanas really needs to be cared properly as they end their own life if they feel they are not properly tended by their owner. Most pet iguanas die in the 1st year if not taken care properly.
13. Lay back and enjoy the sun
Iguanas don’t really like to hunt actively for food and therefore are laid back creatures and spend their day sprawling in the sun to keep warm. A green iguana will forage in the same spot every day.
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14. Iguanas can control their body temperature
15. Iguanas are served as food delicacy
Even though green iguanas are considered as popular pets; these are also the common type of iguanas to be eaten. A special delicacy by the name of “Bamboo Chicken” is made of green iguanas.
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16. Iguana eggs are novelty food
It’s not just iguanas which are served as food but their eggs are considered novelty food. When boiled in salt water, these eggs are sold at quite a price.
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17. Long tails