The Green iguana is a large herbivorous species of lizard native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean. They generally live near water and are excellent swimmers
Scientific name: Iguana iguana
Family Classification: Iguanidae
Common names: Green Iguana, Common Iguana
IUCN Red List Category: Not Listed
Countries: United States
Description: Green iguanas are among the largest lizards in the Americas, with mature males reaching a maximum length of 2 metres (6.5 ft) and weighing up to 5 kg (11.1 lbs). They have a very distinctive appearance, with a serrated crest of spines along their back and a large dewlap hanging from their chin. Individuals may vary in colour from dull yellowish green to vivid turquoise.
Maximum adult length: 2 metres (6.5 ft)
Diet and predation: Green iguanas are primarily herbivores, feeding on the tender green leaves, flowers, fruit, and growing shoots of herbs, shrubs, and trees. They have also been known to eat bird's eggs.
Conservation status: The green iguana is hunted for its commercially-valuable skin, prized flesh, and eggs. They are also captured live for the pet trade. Despite conservation efforts, populations continue to decline under the combined impacts of deforestation, forest fragmentation, and hunting.
Green Iguana Profile