Desert iguana

Desert iguana

The desert iguana can be found mainly in the desert area of the border between the United States and Mexico.

Characteristics of the Desert iguana

It’s a reptile that grows to a length of 61 centimeters in its most adult stage.

Desert iguana crawling

During mating season, its sides take on a pink coloring, and the tail measures approximately one and a half times its body.

Its body is completely covered with cinnamon or sand scales, which gives it the perfect camouflage to hide in the desert environment.

Desert iguana Food

Their diet is specifically plant-based, i.e. they are herbivorous.

Among their predators are snakes, rats, birds, foxes, and of course, humans.

However, due to the difficult seasons in the desert, and depending on the time of year, their menu varies from vegetables to flowers, as the food is not constant throughout the year.

Desert iguana Natural Habitat

Desert iguana

He lives in large desert areas, in a dry environment. It only lays eggs once a year in which it deposits 3 to 8 eggs at that time

Despite living on the ground, they usually walk on rocks and climb trees to take refuge from the intense sun. However, their adaptability to the dry and hot desert climate makes them very resilient.

They build their nests but also take over abandoned ones or smaller animals such as desert tortoises.

Desert iguana Common Diseases

It gets sick in captivity, since the food is controlled by us, many times we don’t give it the nutrients and vitamins according to the time of the year or the age of the pet as in the time that it is a baby iguana.

We have to vary their diet with vitamin supplements and regularly spray the water they drink with some calcium powder for the strength of their bones.

To maintain good health conditions for the animal, its terrarium should be cleaned at least once a month and the water should be changed every day to freshwater.

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