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Pictures of Iguanas and Tidbits About Iguanas

Updated on October 7, 2014
My own photo, taken on an out island of The Bahamas
My own photo, taken on an out island of The Bahamas

Pictures of Iguanas and Other Gifts for Iguana Lovers

Iguanas are fascinating, and look almost like little dinosaurs. Browse these pictures of iguanas, and see if don't agree about that.

On this page, you'll see here some intriguing images of iguanas for your walls and find some gifts for the iguana lovers in your life.

The Green Iguana, a very popular pet, requires some specific care. Are you considering getting an iguana? Get a glimpse of some of the things that are required of an iguana owner to insure its survival.

Do you know which iguana is the world's rarest? And how iguanas came to establish themselves on the Caribbean island of Anguilla? Read on to find the answers to both questions!

This page will show you pictures of iguanas and other gifts for iguana lovers, and give you a little information about these fascinating creatures.

Mr. Big - A Very Colorful Iguana

This print is from on demand printer Zazzle.  The author is a contributor and affiliate there.
This print is from on demand printer Zazzle. The author is a contributor and affiliate there. | Source

This Green Iguana is one amazing looking fellow, isn't he?

This poster, as well as the prints and posters in the next section are available at on-demand printer Zazzle, and are all created by individual photographers and artists. To see available choices in media, sizes, and framing for any of them, just click on the link below the image

More Pictures of Iguanas - Vote for Your Favorite

Enjoy a few more iguana images, and when you've seen all six, please cast your vote for your favorite one.

Included in the six is Mr. Big, which got the most votes in the last poll. Will he win out again this time? That's up to you!


Iguana Love

by paulabflat at Morguefile
by paulabflat at Morguefile | Source

Mister Lazy

public domain (CC0) image from Pixabay
public domain (CC0) image from Pixabay | Source

Iguana delicatissima in Coulibistrie

by Postdlf from w (CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons
by Postdlf from w (CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons | Source

A Marine Iguana Swims Underwater

From AllPosters.com, (affiliate link)
From AllPosters.com, (affiliate link) | Source

Make My Day

Found at Zazzle (affiliate link below)
Found at Zazzle (affiliate link below) | Source

Iguana Pictures - Cast Your Vote

Which of the above iguana pictures is your favorite?

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A Good Iguana for a Kid - Kids Love Webkinz Animals

If your child is begging for a pet iguana, maybe this would be a better idea until he or she is old enough to take the responsibility for a pet with a lot of very special requirements.

Iguanas require a lot of special care that a young child might not be ready to provide, but this one doesn't. Rated for ages 3 and up.

Green Iguanas

The species of iguana usually kept as a pet is the Green Iguana.

(Green Iguanas are not always Green)

Iguana in Mexico, P.D., via Wikipedia
Iguana in Mexico, P.D., via Wikipedia | Source

Interesting Facts about Iguanas

Iguanas are Fascinating

Iguanas are large lizards, with long tails. In most iguana species, their tail is as long as the whole rest of their body.

Iguanas are found in widely varying environments, from deserts to coastal areas to tropical forests. They are found in the Americas from Southeastern Canada, all the way southward into the Caribbean, Central and South America. Elsewhere, you'll see them on Fiji and Madagascar.

Different species in different areas and habitats vary tremendously in appearance, from the green iguana found in tropical forests, to the tan dessert iguana, to the dull dark grey and black marine iguanas abundant in the Galapagos Islands.

There is even a blue iguana, native only to Grand Cayman Island, in the Caribbean.

Female iguanas dig a 'burrow' to lay their eggs, cover it up and go on their way. When the babies hatch, they dig out, and start life on their own.

The Grand Cayman Blue Iguana

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana.  Photo by Frederic J. Burton (cc)
Grand Cayman Blue Iguana. Photo by Frederic J. Burton (cc) | Source

The World's Rarest Iguana Species

The ultra rare Blue Iguana is native only to the small Caribbean island of Grand Cayman. Less than ten years ago, this species was so endangered that only about 15 of them were surviving in the wild.

Due to the monumental efforts of the Cayman government and private non profit organizations, this species, which was nearly extinct MAY be on the road to resurrection. Over two hundred captive-bred Blue Iguanas are now living in a special preserve on Grand Cayman Island.

These large lizasrds are not always blue, but adults turn themselves blue when they are around other iguanas. The blue of the male is more brilliant, and the female's blue is paler.

They can grow up to five feet long, with two and a half feet of that being tail!

We are not certain of the lifespan of Blue Iguanas in the wild, but it is thought they can live for 50 to 60 years.

Have you seen a Blue Iguana? - (a poll)

Have you ever seen a Blue Iguana in person?

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Iguana Books for Kids - Children's Books about Iguanas

Some children are captivated by iguanas, and love learning and reading about them. Here are a couple of iguana books for kids from ages four and older.

Warm Weather Creatures

Green Iguanas require tempertures of 79 to 96 degrees F to stay healthy.

(Ideally, 85 to 96 degrees)

Iguanas WILL Defend Themselves

As the following video shows, an iguana will aggressively defend itself, even from something that's bigger.

Note the tail whip, which demonstrates how they can use those very long tails as a weapon. (Their tails are usually longer than their bodies)

Cat Vs. Iguana

Cool Iguana Stuff - Fun Gifts for Iguana Lovers

Be sure to have a look at the Iguana wine bottle holder - it would make a real conversation piece for anyone.


via CC license, from Wikimedia
via CC license, from Wikimedia | Source

New Arrivals on Anguilla

Did Green Iguanas Export Themselves to Anguilla?

Until 1995, there were no iguanas on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. Not a single one.

Then, suddenly, there were 15. Now, they are an established, breeding colony there.

How did they get there?

Seems as though at least one biologist thinks they imported themselves from Guadeloupe, possiby during a tropical storm or hurricane!

According to an entry in Wkikpedia,

Biologist Ellen Censky . . . believes that the new iguanas had accidentally become caught on the trees and rafted two hundred miles across the ocean from Guadeloupe.

That's a pretty impressive journey!

Imports

The pet trade imports over 800,000 Green Iguanas into the U.S. annually.

They come from Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, and Panama

public domain image via Wikimedia commons
public domain image via Wikimedia commons | Source

Considering Getting an Iguana?

Think Long and Hard

Some things to consider about keeping an iguana as a pet:

- It's a long term commitment. Captive iguanas can live 15 - 20 years, occasionally longer.

- Iguana pets are NOT recommended for children under 12, or even older children who are not disciplined and responsible.

- They tend to be moody. Some individuals have more aggressive personalities than others, and they can bite.

- Iguanas commonly carry Salmonella in their intestines. It's not dangerous to them, but it is to humans.

- There are some very exacting requirements for caging, temperature, humidity, and diet for these animals.

The website Caring for Your Green Iguana has a lot of good, easy to read information about what is required of an iguana owner, and books for iguana owners are available on Amazon.

Illegal Iguanas

It is illegal keep iguanas as pets in New York City and Hawaii

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      They are some of the most fascinating reptiles, without being quite as scary as snakes. Found all the info, facts, etc really interesting. Thanks!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      They are some of the most fascinating reptiles, without being quite as scary as snakes. Found all the info, facts, etc really interesting. Thanks!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @squidoopets: Sure have! They are always such fun to watch!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Cool, I bet you have seen a few of these guys in your nautical travels

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      nealberk 5 years ago

      Went to an iguana farm in Honduras. The place was covered with them, all colors and sizes from small to several feet long.

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      Terrie_Schultz 6 years ago

      Those are so cool!

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      Zut Moon 6 years ago

      I love these guys ... all over the place here in Canada .... NOT !!! Seen many in the Caribbean ... they sun themselves on the rocks in the Virgin Islands and even come to get food.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Makes me miss Mexico - they were all over last trip! :>)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @imolaK: Thank you! Like you, I don't think I would want one as a pet, but they really are interesting to look at, and they make great pictures.

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      I don't like iguanas, but these photos are beautiful. Blessed!

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      technicalbuzz 6 years ago

      Love this! Thank youuuuuu!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @SquidooPower: Thank you so much for that!

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      SquidooPower 6 years ago

      Passing this lens along to my friend, Ken, who has had an iguana for years

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      VERY clever lens!

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      krakensquid 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, well written and very informative! Feel free to check out my lens about dangerous wild animals people keep as pets, if you'd like :)

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      nealberk 6 years ago

      Yes, iguanas are NOT the pet for most kids. They do bite and their cages have to be kept totally clean. Iguanas are carrion animals and harbor bacteria both in their mouths and on their feet (they are not clean animals, in fact they use their biological weaponry to kill prey and discourage predation).

      On the other hand, they are fascinating.

      Would much rather view them from a few feet away and never have to touch them.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love iguanas, having seen them when I was little. Great lens idea! :)

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      Don Wilson 6 years ago from Yakima, WA

      While working as a real estate agent and showing homes to a prospective buyer, we went up to a home we wanted to see. We rang the door bell...no answer...rang again....no answer. I got the key out of the key box and began to open the door. Suddenly, I noticed a two foot long iguana inside the door, on the floor, just standing there staring up at me. I carefully closed the door and told my clients that if they really want to see this house, we will have to come back later.

      Nice lens. If I had known more about Iguanas when I was in the real estate business, I may have handled the situation differently...then again, maybe not.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Totally captivating and intriguing images of iguana's....and a wonderful and beautiful presentation by you....I love IGUANA MOON

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Beautiful and stunning...!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great resource for Iguana lovers! Loved the pictures too!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Anyone who has an iguana or knows someone who does will find this page very useful in the upcoming holiday season.

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