Desert Iguana

STATUSLeast Concern

COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Dipsosaurus dorsalis

DIETPrimarily herbivorous - buds, fruits, leaves

RANGESouthwestern US and northern Mexico

HABITATDesert

Desert Iguana

The Desert Iguana is one of the most common lizards in the southwest US and northwest Mexico. They are predominately found in both the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. Typically they are pale grey-tan in color with a light brown reticulated pattern on their backs and sides, giving them the perfect camouflage for their environment. Their tails are 1.5 times longer than their bodies!

They can withstand high temperatures and are usually out when other lizards have retreated to their burrows due to the heat.