Green Iguana

Green Iguana

Green Iguana
Iguana iguana


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Iguanidae

Range

Central to South America and on smaller West Indian islands


Habitat

Trees along rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps


Diet

Green leafy plants and ripe fruits; sometimes carrion or invertebrates

Weight

Up to 18 lbs.

Size

5 - 7 ft.

Incubation

About 90 days

Clutch

12 - 30

IUCN Status

Not listed

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • The green iguana is a social species; groups can be found basking and foraging together in trees.
  • It can swim well and can stay underwater up to 30 minutes.
  • The two prominent nostrils are used to expel a saline solution to regulate its body's salt level.
  • It can change color slightly to help blend into its environment, but not nearly as well as some lizards, such as chameleons.
  • Their tails, which can act like a whip, can be used to deliver painful strikes to attackers. If caught by a predator by the tail, the iguana can allow it to break, so it can escape and eventually regrow a new one.
  • They regulate their body's salt level by expelling a saline solution through two prominent nostrils.

 

Conservation

The iguana faces threats from the pet trade and the destruction of its rainforest habitat.

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