Green Iguana

Iguana iguana

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Green Iguanas are great swimmers and can fully submerge underwater for extended periods of time, with reports of up to 30 minutes!

Home: Central and Southern America, Caribbean Islands.

Diet: Herbivorous; leaves, flowers, soft fruits and young plant shoots.

Lifestyle: Arboreal, dwelling amongst trees within high forest canopies, and can dive from trees straight into water sources to avert predators.

Young: 20-45 eggs are laid in a nest on the ground, incubation lasts from 90 to 120 days.

Lifespan: Above 15 years.

Conservation Status: Yet to be evaluated. Iguanas have been used as a food source in Central and South America for thousands of years, and are often referred to as ‘Bamboo Chicken’ or ‘Chicken of the Tree’, and in Spanish ‘Gallina de palo’.

 

Green Iguana