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Common Green Iguana

Common Green Iguana

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Scientific Name:

Iguana iguana


Distribution

Central and South America, including the Caribbean region and the coastal eastern Pacific. Introduced to Florida and Hawaii.


Diet:

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).


Facts

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:

  1. Τhey spend 90% of the day immobile. 
  2. In the first 2-3 years of life they eat insects to grow fast.
  3. 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. 
  4. As they are excellent swimmers, they dive into the water to avoid predators. 



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