Green Iguana Facts

Wild Locality

Central & South America

Lifestyle

Primarily Arboreal (tree-dwelling)

Diet

Vegetation, Tree Leaves, & Flowers (herbivore)

Habitat

Rainforests

Adult Size

(males) ~ 4-6 ft & 3-4.5kg, (females) ~ 3-5 ft & 1.5-3kg

Activity

Diurnal (active during the day)

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Life Expectancy

~ 12-25 years in the care of humans (less in the wild)

Threats

Deforestation, Habitat Loss, Importation, & Hunting

FUN FACTS

Green Iguanas are amazing swimmers! If an iguana sleeping in the tall trees senses a predator nearby (such as a bird of prey flying overhead) they may drop down out of the tree into a river below & swim to safety! Iguanas are very defensive animals due to being prey for many carnivores in the rainforest, & if cornered or grabbed may use their teeth, claws & even tail (as a whip) for defense! 

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