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Green Iguana Iguana iguana


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Green Iguana
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Family: Iguanidae, Iguanas view all from this family

Description Green-blueish/gray, darkens with age to almost black. Spikes down back & on tail. Bands on shoulders. Dewlap has jagged fringe. Larger head on males with reddish/orange/yellow splotches.

Dimensions 100-200cm. (40-79")

Breeding Fall. Dig a hole January-April where they lay their eggs. 28-40 eggs in a clutch. Hatch after 90 days.

Habitat Tall, dense trees in humid areas.

Range Native to South America. Introduced in Florida & Hawaii.

Discussion Diurnal, arboreal, and are often found near water. Agile climbers, can fall up to 50 feet (15m) and land unhurt. During cold, wet weather, green iguanas prefer to stay on the ground for greater warmth. When swimming, an iguana remains submerged, letting its four legs hang limply against its side. They propel through the water with powerful tail strokes. Vision allows them to see UV wavelengths. Has a so called third eye, which helps them detect predators, but does not form images.