Biology and appearanceEdit
Iguanas were a species of reptilian quadrupeds, the body of which was covered in fine scales. They had a spiny crest along the back and a thin, long tail banded alternatively in different colors. At least one known iguana was gray with dark brown scales on the tail. The body of an iguana was about the length of an Ewok's head, not including the tail.
The Ewok Chirpa, Chief of the Bright Tree Village, kept an iguana with grey scales as his pet and advisor. The Chief showed affection to his iguana, as he would let it clamber over his head during sessions of his tribe's Council of Elders.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "The novelization mentions that this reptile is not only Chirpa's pet, but also his advisor. It is unknown whether the advice went further than the taste of delicious plants and leaves (the iguana is a herbivore)"
- ―Tim Veekhoven and Mark Newbold
An iguana first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the third installment of the original Star Wars trilogy, which was released in 1983. In the novel adaptation of Return of the Jedi, Chirpa's iguana was said to be "his pet and advisor", which implies that iguanas have the ability to think intelligently, and thus are at least semi-sentient.
In 2013, Chirpas' iguana was mentioned in Drawing from the Present: Familiar Creatures in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, an article written for the Star Wars Blog by Tim Veekhoven and Mark Newbold. The article mentioned the iguana's uncertain level of sentience and joked about the creature agreeing to join the Rebel Alliance.
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novel (First appearance)