Desert Iguana

desert iggy


Desert Iguana

Dipsosaurus dorsalis

Grows 10-16 inches

Lives 8-10 years but have been known to live up to 17 years

Very fast runner

Lay 2-8 eggs that hatch after a 70 day incubation

Herbivore only young lizard eat insects

Adults should have a varied diet of leafy greens such as collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, nasturtiums, dandelion greens, escarole, rocket, hibiscus, watercress, land-cress, fresh alfalfa, and carrot tops

May be given small amounts of fruit such as apple, kiwi, peaches, banana, plum, grapes, and oranges

Can be hand tamed but must be handled daily to maintain the disposition

These lizards can stand hotter temperatures than most, remaining active in up to 115º F

The breeding season begins in spring and continues through midsummer. Peak breeding intervals occur in May and June.

Aggressive behavior in males includes push-ups

They carry their bodies high off the ground when running or walking and are capable of running very fast (occasionally bipedally)