Do iguanas have teeth?
Yes, all green iguanas have teeth even when they are still a baby. Iguana teeth are capable of shredding leaves AND even human skin. Green iguana teeth are located on the inner side of the jaw bones or what is referred to “pleurodont” teeth which make it hard to see them in juvenile iguanas.
They have between 80 to 120 small, sharp serrated teeth. To visualize and have a good mental image of a single iguana tooth, imagine bending your bread knife into a half-diamond shape, with the serrated edges facing outward.
When they are still a baby, a bite might not feel a thing but as they grow older they can inflict more and serious harm as their teeth become bigger and sharper.
This change was made possible by the continuous and regular shedding and new teeth growing alongside the old ones according to Anapsid.org
That’s why care must be always taken when hand feeding your green iguana because they can sometimes accidentally scrape your finger, though not major but still will draw out blood.
Also, you must learn to read their body language to avoid being bitten by them. Some of the body language you have to look for and be aware according to Iguanaresource.org are;
1. Bringing its arms forward and lifting itself up
2. Deploying his dewlap, the flap of skin under its chin
3. Inflating itself with air in order to make it look bigger and more threatening
4. Flashing of it eyes pupils, meaning constricting and dilating
5. And Head bobbing vigorously
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