The green Iguana is a large herbivorous reptile naturally found in most warm climate areas such as southern Brazil, Paraguay, and Mexico. If the Komodo Dragon is the king of lizards, this slightly smaller cousin is definitely the Prince of Lizards. With their noble appearance and gentle nature, it’s not hard to see why so many people love these wonderful reptiles.
The Green Iguana is an herbivore, meaning it survives off of a diet of plants and fruit. In the wild they eat mostly leaves, vines, fruits, and flowers. A favorite food of Iguanas in Panama is the wild plum. Iguanas in captivity are fed a balanced diet of turnip greens, fruits, mustard greens, flowers, dandelion greens, and growing shoots of various plants. With the help of our vets at SeaQuest Layton, Utah, we are able to ensure our herbivorous friends get the best diet possible.
The Iguana equivalent of junk food is meat. On rare occasions, they’ve been seen eating eggs or small insects in the wild. Scientists studying these magnificent lizards have found that a heavy diet of meat or insects is hazardous to Iguanas, and they don’t appear to receive any benefits from eating it. So why do they do it? Scientifically, there is no rhyme or reason to this, so most experts just call it iguana junk food.
The small flap of skin under an iguanas chin is called the dewlap. The dewlap is used to communicate with other iguanas and make themselves look bigger to other predators. You can watch their head and dewlap movements to understand what they’re trying to tell you. To talk to one another, they move their dewlap and bob their head. When they begin to bob their head quickly, it is a sign that the Iguana is upset, but slower head bobs are used to greet one another.
The Green Iguana isn’t the only fascinating creature we have at SeaQuest Layton, Utah. If you’re looking to meet an animal that looks like it comes from deep in outer space, the Axolotl is always a blast. If you’re looking to meet a friend from the deep sea, you might just love the fantastic Comb Jelly.
Book your tickets to SeaQuest Layton, Utah today, and get to know the magnificent Iguana today!