DESERT Iguana

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

Sci­en­tific name:

Dip­sosaurus dor­salis

Lo­ca­tion: Ari­zona, Sono­ran, and Mo­jave deserts, and sev­eral gulfs of on the Cal­i­for­nia is­lands

Habi­tat: Desert with a bit of veg­e­ta­tion like shrubs

With a pre­dom­i­nantly white and brown cam­ou­flage pat­tern, desert igua­nas blend al­most per­fectly with their en­vi­ron­ment and use their smooth bel­lies to glide through the hot sand and into bur­rows to es­cape preda­tors. Par­tially ar­bo­real om­ni­vores, they are usu­ally found munch­ing on the yellow flow­ers of the low shrubs known as cre­osote bushes and oc­ca­sion­ally any bugs they happen to come across.

With a gen­eral life ex­pectancy of around 7 to 14 years, the Dip­sosaurus dor­salis have the abil­ity to change color to help reg­u­late their tem­per­a­ture, turn­ing dark dur­ing the early morn­ing to ab­sorb heat and then a lighter shade dur­ing the early af­ter­noon to re­flect sun­light.

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