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Pet Iguana

Iguanas are cold blooded lizards that are very commonly kept as pets in modern households.

The iguana is considered to be native to the tropical regions of Central and South America and the Caribbean. There are two main types of iguana commonly found in the world. The first type of iguana is known as the green iguana and is the more common of the two.

Largely as a result of habitat destruction, the less common Lesser Antillean Iguana, or blue iguana, is considered to be critically endangered at this point in time. Both the varieties of iguanas are characterized by the presence of a row of spines running down their backs and on to their tails. They also have a third eye on their heads.

Iguanas have excellent vision and can see considerable detail at very far distances as well. The iguana is also a very hard animal to spot in a natural background because of the fact that, just like a number of other species of lizards, they have the ability to blend into the background. This helps considerably in keeping the out of sight of any larger predators.

The green iguanas will usually grow between four or six feet long. While this variety is always green in color, there are a variety of possible shades that the animal could sport. The skin is usually rough and the animal’s long fingers and claws help it climb and grasp onto relatively smooth objects. The rather sharp tail is also usually used as a defense mechanism and is also able to break off if the animal is caught by a predator and will later grow back without any significant damage. The green iguana is a common household pet. For proper pet health care, they should be bathed almost 3 times a week in order to make sure the animal is able to maintain a certain level of cleanliness.

The blue iguana is considered to be one of the longest living species of lizard and is known to survive for up to 67 years. The natural habitat for this reptile includes rocky surfaces as well as sunlit, open areas of dry forests or eve near sea shores. The blue iguana is a staunch vegetarian and will feast on a diet of plants, fruits and flowers. Since it is illegal to either buy or sell endangered animals, you should not house a blue iguana. Even adopting a rare animal is a crime and is advised against.

  Submitted on July 27, 2010