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9 illuminating facts about iguanas

By: Catie Leary on Jan. 22, 2020, 10:39 a.m.
A pair of iguanas perched in a tree

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Iguanas are social butterflies

On the surface, reptiles seem like intensely stoic, solitary individuals, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Reptiles like iguanas have complex social relationships, and it's common to observe instances of pair-bonding and kin recognition.

As Scientific American explains, this manifests in several ways in the green iguana, including "play behavior, cooperation, social nesting, counting, sophisticated learning and problem-solving abilities, social learning and the care and protection of siblings."