Green iguana

Green iguana Iguana iguana

ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyIguanidae
Size1.5m
Weight4–9kg
Incubation2 months
Eggs20–30
Life-span10 years
Diet
leaves, fruit, occasional insects

Habitat
tropical forests close to rivers, lakes, mangroves, swamps

Range
Latin American, Caribbean, eastern Pacific


Despite their name, green iguanas vary widely in colour according to temperature or gender. For example, males turn orangey or golden in colour before and during courtship displays.
 
Tree-dwellers, iguanas are also excellent swimmers. Although they are hunted for their meat, their skin and the pet trade, they are not listed among endangered species and their numbers remain high throughout their range.




In the zoo