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World Iguana Day

September 8

Iguana is a genus of herbivorous lizards that are native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Did you know that iguanas have a third eye? It is a retina-like structure that connects to the pineal gland in the brain. Here are some more cool facts you may not have known about these reptiles.

1. They are very social and like to live and eat together.

2. They are great swimmers. The will swim away to escape predators.

3. They can survive big falls. An iguana can fall 40 to 50 feet and escape death or injury.

4. They will use their strong tails to "punch" an enemy to protect themselves.

5.They are pretty lazy and would prefer to bask in the sun then forage for food. That's why you will see them in the same spots everyday so they don't have to go far.


#5 (OHFACT), there is only one sea iguana, better known as Marine iguana, and that is the (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) endemic to the Galapagos Islands. Unique among modern lizards, it is a marine reptile that has the ability to forage in the sea for algae, which makes up almost all of its diet. Large males are able to dive to find this food source, while females and smaller males feed during low tide in the intertidal zone.

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