STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern
RANGE: Southern Mexico and the Americas
PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS
Green iguanas are the largest lizards in the Americas, averaging out about six and a half feet in length. Most of their length is their large, powerful tail, which they use to protect themselves from predators. They also have sharp claws that are mostly used to climb trees quickly and easily. Despite their name, green iguanas can come in a variety of colors from grey to a rusty red; however, most commonly they are bright green.
LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION
Iguanas spend most of their lives in the wild in trees, but they can adapt to different environments. They go down the ground to change trees, find water, and lay eggs. They become mature around three years old and mate during the dry season. They lay their eggs in the wet season around sixty-five to seventy days later. Female iguanas can produce up to sixty-five eggs in a nest, which are sometimes shared with other females in the area. Approximately ninety to one hundred twenty days later, all the fertilized eggs will hatch, and the baby iguanas will climb up the nearest tree completely able to care for themselves. Iguanas live for fifteen to twenty years.
Iguanas live in the rain forest of Central and South America. The green iguana has a large, feral population in Florida and Hawaii.
Older iguanas spend their days in the high canopy, while younger ones stay closer to the ground.
Wild iguanas enjoy flowers of native plants, fruits, and foliage from the trees they live in.