Green Iguana

Green Iguana

Where in the world?

Tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

 

Animal Facts:

Green Iguanas can live up to 25 years and may reach over 6 feet long. They are herbivores and eat fruit, leaves and flowers.

The long tail of Green Iguanas is for both balance and defense. If an iguana cannot flee a predator, it will use its tail as a whip.

Though Green Iguanas spend much of their time climbing and eating in trees, they are also excellent swimmers.

Did you know?

Green Iguanas have three eyes! The third eye is called a parietal eye and is sensitive to light changes. It is used to monitor light, heat and shadows. The parietal eye is located on the top of the Iguana’s head.

 

Madagascar Day Gecko

Madagascar Day Gecko

Where in the world?

Rainforests on the eastern coast of Madagascar.

 

Animal Facts:

Madagascar Day Geckos are among the largest of geckos alive today, growing as long as 9 inches. Their light or bluish green body color has lighter tones between the scales and a rust colored stripe extends from the nostril to behind the eye. These geckos also have brownish or red-brick colored dots along their back which may form a thin line along their mid back. They do not have eyelids and have flattened toe pads on their feet.

These day geckos feed on many insects and arachnids as well as some fruits. They also like to lick hard, tart fruit, pollen and nectar found on Coonatorious Palm trees.

Males can be quite quarrelsome and do not accept other males in their neighborhood.

Did you know?

Reptile experts introduced the Madagascar Day Gecko to the garden surrounding a restaurant in the Florida Keys. The garden provides excellent possibilities for the geckos to reproduce and the experts return yearly to collect excess geckos for sale in pet shops.

 

Dumeril’s Boa

Dumeril’s Boa

Where in the world?

Madagascar Savannahs and Central Highlands.

 

Animal Facts:

Also known as Madagascar Ground Boas, Dumeril’s Boas are a gray-brown ground color with darker patches. This allows them to camouflage effectively in the dirt and leaves on the forest floor.

Adult Dumeril’s Boas grow to an average of 6.5 feet. However, the longest one recorded was 8 foot, 6 inches.

Like most snakes, Dumeril’s Boas have a forked tongue, which they use to detect scents. Odor particles are pulled into the mouth, using their tongue, and transported to their Jacobson’s organ, located on the roof of the mouth. This organ helps the snake to determine what it is smelling.

Did you know?

Dumeril’s Boas play an important role in their ecosystem by controlling the populations of rodents and other small animals.

 

Ball Python

Ball Python

Where in the world?

Grasslands, savannas, and sparsely wooded areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Animal Facts:

Large female Ball Pythons may reach 6 feet long, while the smaller males reach a maximum of about 5 feet long.

Ball Pythons are generally light brown and black, with some variation based on location. In captivity, humans have bred these snakes to exhibit over 3,000 different color patterns, known as morphs.

These snakes will curl into a ball when stressed or frightened, giving them their name.

 

Did you know?

The Igbo in Nigeria consider the Ball Python to be symbolic of the Earth. If one is accidentally killed, a coffin will be made and it will be given a short funeral.

 

Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon

Where in the world?

Arid and semiarid regions of eastern and central Australia.

 

Animal Facts:

Bearded Dragons are named after the spine-covered pouch on the underside of the chin and neck, called a guttural pouch. This ‘beard’ is usually darker in males and turns nearly black during mating season when males use it in courtship displays.

The spiny scales on the Bearded Dragon’s neck, sides and head are not physically harmful, but visually deter or scare off predators.

Bearded Dragons communicate through posture gestures such as head-bobbing, hand-waving and darkening or lightening the color of their skin.

Did you know?

Bearded Dragons are one of the most common lizards in the pet trade, and it is thought that most of these captive-bred animals originated from illegal imports in the 1970s.

 

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