Reptile

Blue-banded Iguana

Area: 
Fiji and Tonga
Habitat: 
Coastal swamps, forests and rain forests
Food: 
Leaves, flowers, fruits
Size: 
Up to about 21 inches long; males are bigger than females.
Babies: 
4- to 6-inch-long babies hatch from eggs after 5 to 6 months.
Male blue-banded iguanas bob their head as a warning to other males. The more excited the iguana is, the faster his head moves.

 

Blue and Green and Rarely Seen

 

This tropical lizardAnimal that has a long, scaly body, four legs (usually), and a long tail. It is cold-blooded and has a backbone.’s bright blue and green colors keep it camouflaged in the treetops where it usually spends most of its life. It grips tree bark with its long, spindly toes and sharp clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. as it scurries from one branch to the next in search of food.

 

Blue-banded iguanas feed during the day. In between “meals,” they bask on branches in the sun. Like most lizards, these iguanas are able to make their skin darken when exposed to the sun. The dark color absorbs more of the sun’s rays, which helps the iguana warm up more quickly.

 

Female blue-banded iguanas leave the treetops to lay eggs. First, a female uses her feet and jaw to dig a nest just a little longer than her body. After she lays 3 to 6 small eggs, she covers them with soil and leaf litter and pats the top down with her head. Then, it’s back up into the trees. When the eggs hatch, the little iguanas must find their own food and safe place to hide.