Cool Facts About Iguanas

Cool Facts About Iguanas

How much do you really know about your pet iguana? Do you ever have questions about your lizard that you haven't been able to find the answer to? If so, you've come to the right place to learn some cool facts about iguanas.

Iguanas are part of the family Iguanidae which is a scientific group of animals made up of lizards. Lizards, including iguanas, generally have long powerful tails, short and strong limbs, and a good set of claws.

The body characteristics of iguanas make them perfect tree climbers. Their powerful limbs and sharp claws help them climb out onto any limb strong enough. An iguana tail is long enough to help them balance in the canopy.

An iguana's tail also doubles as a perfect defense mechanism. When threatened by a predator, the iguana will use its long tail in an attempt to scare off the animal. If this does not succeed, the tail is whipped around for further defense. Besides balancing the iguana and providing defense, the tail is also used as a powerful tool to help the iguana swim.

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Have you wondered what that big flap of skin under your pet iguana's chin is for? This part of their anatomy is called a dewlap. It is used to make an male iguana appear larger than he actually is when confronted by a predator. This is a good strategy to intimidate another reptile or animal during an attack.

The dewlap is also used to impress female iguanas and during temperature regulation.

Iguanas mark their territories but use a different technique than dogs! Each iguana has either 12 or 13 pores on the underside of their thighs. These pores secrete a waxy substance used for territorial markings. In mature adults, the pores of males can develop projections that help grasp the female during mating.

These fun facts about iguanas can help you take better care of your pet reptiles at home. Their cages are best decorated with many branches and fake plants to give them more areas to walk about in. The pores can be used to help determine the sex of your pet iguana if you think you have a mature specimen!

Do you know any other interesting facts about iguanas? You are welcome to share them below in the comments section!

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