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Male desert iguanas do a movement like a push-up. It tells other iguanas to stay away. The movement shows that the iguana is strong. He guards where he lives.

Desert iguanas often hide in cracks of rocks. They also hide in burrows near cacti and bushes. Sometimes predators find them. Then iguanas can inflate their bodies. They fill the hole. This makes it harder for predators to pull them out.

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Making Connections


Imagine you are on a hike in the desert. Would you like to see a desert iguana? Why or why not?


Have you read a book about another kind of lizard? How is that lizard like the desert iguana? How is it different?


Iguanas blend into their habitats. Can you think of other animals that match their habitats?

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