Iguana Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

You saw a lizard outside that you think might be an iguana, but you're not sure. What does an iguana look like? How is it different from geckos and other lizards? This lesson will teach you lots of fun facts about iguanas!

What Are Iguanas?

Igor the iguana just hatched from his egg. Let's follow his life as he grows!

Igor is a green iguana.
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Igor is a type of animal called a reptile. A reptile is an animal that has scales and is cold-blooded. Igor is only three inches long - he could fit in your hand! However, some of his family members are as long as 6 feet long - that is longer than an adult is tall! Igor has a long tail and short legs. He is green, but some of his friends are gray and brown.

Where Do Iguanas Live?

Because he is cold-blooded, Igor and his iguana friends live in warm places, like Mexico, Central America, South America, Caribbean Islands and Brazil to name a few, so their bodies stay warm. Since Igor is a green iguana, he lives in the trees of rain forests. Did you know that all iguanas have sharp claws that help them climb trees! Some of Igor's other iguana friends live in deserts and on islands.

This iguana lives in the Galapagos Islands.
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What Do Iguanas Eat?

Wow, Igor is hungry! Luckily, he just found some flower buds to munch on. Igor is an herbivore, which means that he only eats plants and no meat. In addition to flower buds, Igor also eats leaves and algae. Most iguanas are herbivores, but some types of iguana like to eat worms for an extra snack!

Algae are small plants without roots or stems that grow in water. Igor has sharp teeth that help him scrape the algae off of rocks in the water.

How Do Iguanas Grow?

Igor's mom laid his egg in an underground burrow. A burrow is a tunnel that an animal can dig. When Igor hatched from his egg, he was under the ground and he had to dig out of the burrow to the surface. Igor's mom just laid the eggs and then left, so Igor was on his own as soon as he hatched.

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