Iguanodon 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.

What kind of animal was iguanodon? What did it eat? Where did it live? This lesson will teach you the answers to all of these questions and also teach you lots of fun facts about these fascinating dinosaurs!

What Did Iguanodon Look Like?

Imagine an enormous dinosaur that was as tall as about three people standing on top of each other and as heavy as about three cars! Does this sound unbelievable? Believe it--this was the iguanodon! Iguanodon was a huge dinosaur that could grow as tall as 16 feet and weigh as much as 10,000 pounds.


Iguanodon had five fingers on each hand, just like people. Unlike people, though, its thumbs were sharp spikes. Three of its fingers were close together, and its fifth finger was very small. Its back legs were much longer than its front legs, which helped it walk on two legs. It had big foot pads on each back foot to support all of its heavy weight! It had a very long tail and a beak.

What Did Iguanodon Eat?

You might think that a dinosaur as big as iguanodon only ate meat, but it was exactly the opposite! Iguanodon was an herbivore, which means that it only ate plants.

Iguanodon was tall enough to eat leaves off of the tops of tall trees.

Many dinosaurs were herbivores, but iguanodon was one of the largest dinosaurs to be an herbivore. It had a sharp beak that it used to pull leaves off of plants and tear them to eat them. It also used its hands to gather leaves! It had teeth at the back of its mouth that it used to crush its food.

It was one of the few dinosaurs or reptiles that was able to chew its food.

Where Did Iguanodon Live?

We all know that dinosaurs lived very long ago, but when exactly did iguanodon live?

Iguanodon lived very long ago, during the early Cretaceous Period in history. The Cretaceous Period was from 145 million to 65 million years ago. Iguanodon lived about 130 million years ago and made its habitat, or home, in the woodlands of Europe.

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