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Green Iguana (not on display)
Iguana iguana

Habitat and Range: Large distributional range including Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands

Natural Diet: Fruits, flowers, shoots, buds, leaves and insects

Status in the wild: Common

 

 

Fun Facts

  • Green Iguanas are highly arboreal living in trees. They have long tails that longer than their bodies that help them balance

  • They are green in color that helps them camouflage and hide from their predators. They also have spines on their back to protect them from predators

  • If they are caught by the tail by a predator, their tail will detach from the body. The detached tail will continue to move to distract the predator giving the reptile an opportunity to escape

  • They are excellent swimmers

  • They have excellent vision and can see great distances away. They also have a third eye on their forehead which cannot see images but can sense movement

 

 

Conservation Threats

  • The major threats are habitat loss, some agricultural practices, and logging trees for firewood.

  • Illegal hunting for their meat and eggs for consumption also has a detrimental influence on their wild numbers

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The males have spines and a flap of skin along the neck

 

Distributional range in the Americas