Central and South America, including the Caribbean region and the coastal eastern Pacific. Introduced to Florida and Hawaii.
Primarily herbivorous, green leafy plants, flowers and ripe fruits. Occasionally eat a small amount of carrion or invertebrates (that lives inside the greenery they consume).
Habitat: Tropical forest close to water, avoid areas of deep forest where the sun cannot reach the ground to incubate the nest.
Incubation: up to 120 days, 10-65 eggs (depends on the female, her diet and her state of health)
Social structure: Solitary, polygamous.
Weight: up to 8kg.
Dimensions: Up to 2m
Lifespan: 8 years in the wild, up to 20 in human care.
IUCN Status: Not evaluated
Estimated population in the wild: Common, Unknown
Threats: Habitat destruction, illegal hunting, illegal pet trade and use of their skin to produce leather goods.
Did you know that:
- Τhey spend 90% of the day immobile.
- In the first 2-3 years of life they eat insects to grow fast.
- A pet iguana, when given proper care, can live up to 20 years, however 70% of pet iguanas don't survive past their first year of life due to inappropriate living conditions.
- As they are excellent swimmers, they dive into the water to avoid predators.