15 Marine Iguana fun facts-These lizards love the ocean

Saturday, November 19, 2016

  • Marine iguanas are the only marine lizard in the world
  • They are found only on the Galapagos Island.
  • They are closely related to mainland iguanas but are black in color instead of green.

mainland iguana

  • Charles Darwin was fascinated by these lizards, and rumor has it he would toss them into the ocean and watch them swim to the rocks.
  • Marine iguanas are ectothermic. ( cold-blooded)
  • Marine iguanas are reptiles so they have scales.
  • Marine iguanas can grow up to 5 feet in length.
  • They lay between one and three eggs.
  • They dine on algae found in the ocean, and sometimes on plants.
  • These iguanas have a symbiotic relationship with mockingbirds. Hawks can eat iguanas and mockingbirds give off a warning sound when hawks are around which helps the iguanas stay alive.
  • Hawks found on Galapagos attack and eat marine iguanas.
  • These lizards sneeze often in order to remove salt water from their sinus cavity.
  • They can stay underwater almost an hour.
  • Because they are ectothermic, they have to sun themselves on rocks often during the day.
  • Male iguanas are larger than female iguanas.
Just for fun


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