COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Dipsosaurus dorsalis
DIETLeaves, flowers, fruits, and occasionally insects
RANGEArizona, Utah, California, Nevada, Northwestern Mexico
HABITATScrublands, deserts, rocky streambeds
Desert iguanas are typically 10-16 inches long and have a tail that is about 1 ½ times longer than the length of their body from snout to vent. They are pale, grey-tan to cream in color with a light brown reticulated pattern on their backs and sides.
Predators they may encounter include birds, foxes, and snakes.
Their average lifespan is 7-10 years though some have been known to live longer in human care.
During breeding season in early spring, the desert iguanas sides become pink colored in both sexes to show they are receptive to breeding. The female will lay 1 clutch of approximately 3-8 eggs which will hatch in early September and will not need any parental care.
In our Reptile and Amphibian (RAD) center you will find many different reptiles and amphibians including venomous and poisonous species of snakes and frogs. Many of these animals fall victim to habitat loss in the wild. Many of the species here are found in South American habitats which are subjected to deforestation, damming of rivers, water pollution, and poor agricultural and management practices.