17 Interesting Facts About Iguana

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.

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1. Iguanas use their tail for defense

iguana tailIguanas during the times of attack; use their tail to punch the enemy. Also they can detach a part of their tail in danger and ensure a fast escape.
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2. Iguanas have Third Eye

Parietal eye iguanaOn 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

iguana in the wildIguanas 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!
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4. Baby Iguanas have rough beginning

baby iguanasWhen a mother iguana gives birth, it lays eggs, covers it up and moves away. Babies hatch, dig their way up and are on their own to survive.
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5. Excellent Swimmers

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iguana swimmingIguanas generally live around the water and swim away escaping from predators. Green Iguanas in particular are excellent swimmers.
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6. They can spend time underwater without breathing

iguana underwaterIguanas breathe through their lungs and amazingly have the ability to survive underwater for 28 minutes without breathing.
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7. Don’t go on the name

iguana greenEven 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.
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8. Social Creatures

iguana fightingIguanas are known to be very social who like to live and eat together. Male Iguanas fight over territories for encroachments.
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9. Vegans

iguana eatingThey 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

Galapagos Iguana floatingThere are some species of iguanas like Turk and Caicos rock iguanas which have the ability to inflate themselves and become float able during the floods.
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11. Young Green Iguana eat poop of grown iguana

iguana smallIt is not as weird and crappy as it sound. The young iguanas will often eat poop of grown up iguanas in order to get the necessary bacteria to digest their food.
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12. Kill themselves if not cared properly

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pet iguanaIguanas 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.
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13. Lay back and enjoy the sun

Iguana enjoyimg in the sunIguanas 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

iguana dewlapIguanas have an extra skin below their neck which is called dewlap which helps in their body temperature regulation. The dewlap is also used to display aggression.
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15. Iguanas are served as food delicacy

iguana delicacyEven 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

iguana eggsIt’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

iguanaIguanas can grow up to 6 feet weighing 20 pounds in captivity with proper care. But the fascinating thing is half of their length is their tail. Quite a big lizard!
Source: nationalzoo.si.edu.com

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