iguana_typesThere are many different species in the Iguana family. Many of which look and act so differently that it’s difficult to tell that they are the same species. Their colors can range from some being very dull to others being very bright. Some of the characteristics that the different species have in common are their elongated tails, which usually account for more than half of the Iguanas length, and four long-winded legs, and their eyelids. Iguanas generally have a calm disposition. They are cold blooded just like other reptiles. Iguanas live in all different types of habits ranging from the sea to the desert, but most Iguanas live in trees. Their habitat is what determines the type of Iguana that lives in that particular region.


Some of the different Iguana types include; Rock Iguanas, they are ground dwellers. Their colors range from gray to bright green or blue. This is one of the types of Iguanas that are commonly kept as pets; Marine Iguanas, they are the only Iguanas that live and forage in the sea. Their colors and sizes vary greatly. These Iguanas are found on the Galapagos Island Archipelagos; Spiny-tail Iguanas, there are several different types of this Iguana, their size ranges from 5 inches all the way up to 48 inches, with varying colors & spiny scales that ring their tails. They are native to Central America and Mexico; Land Iguanas, these are also called Galapagos land iguanas because the only place that you’ll find them is in the Galapagos Islands; Chuckwallas Iguanas, there are five different species in this group, these Iguanas have a flattened midsection, and a paunch coming from loose skin on their necks and bodies, this paunch is very prominent. Desert Iguanas, these Iguanas roam in deserts in the southwest United States. Some can also be found in islands off the coast of California. There are several other Iguana types as well.

Iguanas can grow to a size of 5-6 feet when they are full grown. And weigh upwards of 20-30 pounds. Any Iguana type can reach this size. Iguanas from different regions reach maturity at different times. The range falls somewhere between 8 and 15 years. Some Iguanas can reach a lifespan reaching upwards of 20 years. Some Iguanas are now considered endangered species do to them being killed by feral animals, and because these animals eat the Iguanas eggs and the young Iguanas.

Iguana Types