Fun facts about your baby iguana

A baby green iguana is much like a miniature form of the adult iguanas commonly kept as pets. These cold blooded reptiles have many of the same characteristics as other iguanas, but have some unique features. Green iguanas are the most commonly kept pet iguanas, and baby green iguanas can be a delight to raise to adulthood!

Natural Habitat of Baby Iguanas

Green iguanas evolved throughout much of Central and South America including such countries as Mexico, Brazil, and Paraguay. Many islands in the Caribbean are also home to the green iguana. In their natural habitat, green iguanas are exposed to hunting because some people consider their meat a delicacy. This is especially true for large adults but a baby green iguana is likely to be safe from hunters. Hunting is obviously not an issue for iguanas kept as pets at home.

In its natural habitats, a baby green iguana spends most of its time in the tree canopy high above the ground. Tropical rainforests make great homes for green iguanas because of all the lush vegetation that baby iguanas eat as food. Because iguanas require a source of fresh water, they often live near streams and other bodies of water.

Physical characteristics of a baby iguana

Green iguanas are often found with a bright vibrant green color if they are in good health. Other natural variations, though, include having scales in other shades such as duller green or grayish-green. A baby green iguana might have distinct black stripes running down the entire length of its tail. Variation in the color of green and the presence of stripes help green iguanas to remain camouflaged for protection.

Baby green iguanas have several adaptations that give them a competitive advantage both in nature and in the home setting as pets. They have distinctly long fingers and toes with sharp claws. These features allow them to climb steep inclines such as tree trunks and to reach the far ends of tree branches in search of fresh young leaves to eat.

In the home environment, these claws and long toes allow the baby green iguana to perform acrobatics in the cage. They can be found hiding in the craziest spots that you wouldn't think they could reach. These are just a few of the reasons why keeping and raising a baby iguana can be a load of fun. If you have lots of branches and fake plants for your pet to climb on in its cage, you'll have endless hours of fun watching its activity.

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