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Common Green Iguana

Common Green Iguana

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Scientific Name:

Iguana iguana


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:

  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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