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Iguana [Dipsosaurus dorsalis] Facts

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Iguana [Dipsosaurus dorsalis] Facts

Iguanas are members of the lizard family. They come in various colors but most are either orange with black and white markings or green. They grow to be about six feet long.

Iguana [Dipsosaurus dorsalis] Facts

Where Are Iguanas Found?

Iguanas are found in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

What Do Iguanas Eat?

Iguanas prefer to eat plants and fruit but will also eat insects and small animals, they was omnivorous animals.

Where Do Iguanas Live?

Iguanas are usually found living in rainforests near a lake or a river but some iguanas species was life in desert conditions.


Iguana Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Iguanidae
Genus Iguana
Iguana Scientific Name Dipsosaurus dorsalis Baird

Fun Facts About Iguanas

  • An iguana that has grown up in captivity can be housebroken, just like a dog or cat.  It can even be taught to walk on a leash.

  • The spiny-tailed iguana (Ctenosaurus similis) is listed as the fastest recorded lizard in many older sources. Known to reach a speed of 21 miles per hour, these iguanas are omnivorous lizards native to Central America.

  • Iguana breathes using lungs. It can spend 28 minutes under the water without returning to the surface to breathe air.

  • Iguana can vary in size depending on the species. On average, they are usually 6 to 6.5 feet long, weighting 11 pounds. Iguanas are the largest lizards in America.

  • Some of the worst enemies of iguana are predatory birds. Iguana often freezes on the sound of hawk's whistle and unfortunately becomes even easier prey for catching.

  • If an iguana born in captivity is shown plenty of careful attention and affection it can become very affectionate towards its owner.