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The Important Facts about Iguanas

| Articles | May 5, 2013

Iguanas are mostly found in tropical and semitropical forests and desserts. Different varieties of iguanas are mainly found in Canada, South as well as Central America, Galapagos Island Caribbean Islands, Fiji located in the South Pacific, Madagascar and many places off the east coast in Africa.

Iguana is most well-known biggest lizard family. They also lay eggs, are cold-blooded animals and can adjust to their surroundings.

There are dissimilar species of Iguanas. There is a lot of difference in behavior, size, color and their condition as imperiled wild species. Species such as the red iguana and also green iguana exist in huge numbers, but there are a few species similar to Fiji Island iguana as well as Brachylophus vitiensis, which are turning out to be in endangered category.

However, many times, it is hard to distinguish iguanas. Most of the species act different and appear distinct. Some of them possess bright colors and the others have brilliant or dull colors. Every single species of iguanas owns different features because it originates from a different home ground.

Iguana as pets:

Many people in America are keeping iguanas as their pets. They think that they can save them from being extinct this way.

You may be aware that iguanas are herbivores and they mostly eat flowers, buds, tender leaves and fruits. In addition, they also feed on some worms like: rare juicy mealworm, cricket, and wax worm. Iguanas also eat a few different varieties of dark leafy greens and fruits in some parts of America.

A few types of iguanas grow very fast. They become five times lengthier and gain the weight about hundred times when they become an adult as compared to their size after hatchling. It takes nearly two years.

You should, therefore, feed your iguana with proper diet and provide it a comfortable place with sufficient warmth. It should see enough sunlight for growth of its bone structure.

How can you distinguish a male iguana from a female?

There a few distinct features between a male and female iguana. Males carry large fat pockets over their head and have heavier lower jaws. They carry larger femoral pores on the lower side of their thighs. Males have larger and heavier heads. Female iguanas do not have heavy fat pockets on head and their jaws are smaller. Moreover, their femoral pores are also smaller.

Male iguanas erect their spine at back while in courtship and bobble the head. They are more aggressive while in courtship. At the same time they are timid also and will run away out of fear.

Female iguanas lay the eggs by digging tunnels. They do not hatch their eggs. The eggs get hatched themselves in warmth. All eggs get hatched simultaneously. Iguanas are eaten by human beings and many of their enemies. Several measures are required to save iguana from extinction by educating people who live in iguana inhabited areas, by their captive multiplication in zoos and imposing restriction on their hunting

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