Behavioral acquisition of the hindgut fermentation system by hatchling Iguana iguana

@article{Troyer2004BehavioralAO,
  title={Behavioral acquisition of the hindgut fermentation system by hatchling Iguana iguana},
  author={Katherine Troyer},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={14},
  pages={189-193}
}
Hatchling green iguanas (Iguana iguana) spend the first month of life obtaining their hindgut fermentation systems before settling into their characteristic habitat. Newly hatched iguanas consume soil within the nest chamber, establishing populations of soil microbes in the hindgut, before digestive activity begins in the stomach. Hatchlings dig their way out of the nest chamber during the first week after hatching; once on the surface, they may eat both soil and plant materials. The… CONTINUE READING