Curiosities about Iguanas

Smiling Iguana

The iguana: a lonely animal

One of the many distinctive aspects of the iguana is that the animal used to live in solitude. It is not because it is not sociable, it is its natural state, it does not move in a herd and it does not live accompanied by other iguanas. If an iguana has already landed on a tree, it will be hers and another iguana has driven away.

They are not aggressive, with escape being their main characteristic, unless they are protecting their nest, young or in heat.

As a pet, it can get to live with other species, species but his aptitude is lonely and distant. (if you’re looking for an affectionate pet, the iguana is out of the question)

Its temperament solitaire allows him to be a great companion animal as this gives him the power to be a highly independent specimen, as long as you are aware of it regularly and the conditions of its habitat are the most favorable.

He won’t be stressed out by lack of pampering but by lack of care in his natural requirements.

Give it a warm home

Indispensable, whether you live in a very cold or very hot ground, the main characteristic of this greenish reptile is its temperature.

It is typical of her warm weather, too cold leads to death, and too hot leads to health problems and burns.

It must have a proven balance of temperature since it is an animal characteristic of non-seasonal but tropical climates, the temperature of their habitat must be constant both during the day and at night, you must be able to control this with light bulbs, thermometers and thermostats and so, all happy.

Iguana in a pet shop

Ancient Animals

They have the appearance of being a little dinosaur from the time before the caves, the truth is that it’s an animal with a Jurassic origin, very ancient, which has evolved over the years and its origin is before ours, should be treated as the ancestors of the home reptiles.

The Romantic Iguanas

Orange Iguana in heat

Other curiosities are: Head movement? this movement is made by the males to court their future partner. Like many species, the iguana also has a courtship ritual in which he tries to attract the female, over the years he improves and practices it makes the master.

¿Why is my Iguana shaking his head?

A very striking curiosity is that your iguanas will move their heads, inflate their chins, and move their tail, must demonstrate size and strength for the female to accept it and allow her mating.

If you shake your head in vibrating movements, He probably likes you but it’s also a sign that he’s entering the mating season, and although there may not be a female around to do this, he’ll still do it because his animal instinct moves him and dictates that it’s the right time of year for mating.

Iguana mating season

This time of mating is more prolonged in captivity than in the wild, as the increase in temperature in its natural habitat dictates the beginning and end of the mating, but since in captivity she lives in an artificially controlled environment, this will confuse her and she will consider that the high temperature is propitious for mating almost more than half of the year.

Iguana Nests

Nests can be shallow, from a mere 8 inches to an impressive 6 feet, making it difficult to lay eggs in an artificial environment, since he won’t be able to dig very deep into his terrarium.

The depth of its nest is determined by the number of predators the iguana detects in its environment, which at home it will consider being very few.

Curiosities are that while the small iguanas, the male may even mistake the eggs for food, keep this in mind.

Caring an Iguana in Heat

Green iguana resting on a stone

Just like it gets romantic at the time of mating, also becomes a territorial animal, wants to end the competition to every coast.

As stated in other articles on the care of your pet, don’t play with it or carry it around during these times.

It will be more visible his attitude of heat and danger by changing their skin color to orange, it is better to avoid bites and painful tail slaps.

Male fights are constant in these times, if you throw an iguana cuddly toy to him, he will surely fight to the death, since the cuddly toy will not run away nor will it counterattack, your iguana will not stop until it is eliminated.

Fantastic vision

The quality of your view is unmatched with that of others reptiles, and unlike dogs, he can see colors.

It is also able to capture shadows, shapes, and movements, this counteracts its poor hearing, you may not hear very well but if you look at you perfectly.

It has a high quality of vision at long distances, which is an advantage in anticipating predators, flying, and land.

Iguanas are herbivorous animals

The iguanas do not eat meat, is not natural to them, but the fact that in some parts of the world their habitat has been compromised by the presence of humans has forced them to eat meat, with serious consequences for their health.

Respect for your pet

Adult green iguana sunbathing

The iguanas are animals that live in trees for most of their lives, but as an interesting fact, the iguanas Older or older people live higher up in the trees than their younger counterparts.

As they get older, they feel more confident about climbing higher, so when you see more than one iguana in a tree you will know that the one above is the largest.

A quiet pet

It’s a very peaceful animal. The same is true for the other two, always observing and analyzing, or it will move very fast or maybe not at all, but just like the crocodiles can go from a state of complete immobility to making very fast movements, either to escape, defend himself or attack an unexpected aggressor or visitor.

Their nimble reaction, when needed, is their main way of surviving predators and dangers.

A very harried species

The world’s population of iguanas is gone decreasing over the years, there are fewer and fewer of them, and several species are found in the risk of spreading. This is due to several factors:

Another reason that has put several of these species in danger of extinction is its habitat diminished by the increasing human presence in its natural environments.

Name for an iguana

Young green iguana resting on a branch

This to your imagination, you must call it as you feel more comfortable, Roger, Laura, Rex, there are so many names to choose from, but you will choose the best, I assure you. Curiosities of the Iguanas that you surely did not know

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