The Green Iguana

By Yanyan Li

All around the world

Green Iguanas have a huge habitat. They live in places like North, Central, and South America, including countries like Mexico, Paraguay, and Southern Brazil. Some have also been spotted in places like Florida and Texas! The iguanas that live in those states have either escaped from their owners or were too big to handle.

Iguanas like living in tropical areas, where they have a lot of trees and water. Their green skin helps it blend in with its surroundings. They spend most of their time in the canopy layer of the rainforest, except for when they mate.

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A New Life

After an iguana mates, the female digs a nest that is 3-6 feet long and 1-2 feet deep. Then it walks away. Iguanas don't take care of their babies. They lay between 10-70 eggs. They weight between 0.3-0.4 ounces. Only 3-10 of them survive. Some of the eggs get eaten and some of them die of disease. It takes 90-120 days for hem to hatch. The iguana babies are 7-10 inches long. If the egg hatches at night, first, the iguana needs to warm up. Once it warms up, it just walks away since predators can't see it. If it hatches during the day, it is a whole different story. First of all it doesn't need to warm up. But they are in danger of predators. So the iguanas stay in groups until they are far enough from the predators. So that is process of hatching.
Iguana laying her eggs

Green Iguana vs. Galapagos Marine Iguana

Green Iguanas and Galapagos Marine Iguanas are both iguanas. You might think they are the same, but they have several differences.

Let's start with the similarities. Obviously, they are both iguanas. They all breathe air, and are cold-blooded reptiles. They all live in South America and love water. They are also really good swimmers. So there are certainly a few similarities.

Now I'll tell you the differences. Green iguanas are land animals and marine iguanas are sea animals. Marine iguanas can shrink and green iguanas cannot. Green iguanas swim for short periods of time and marine iguanas swim for long ones. And last but not least, marine iguanas live on coastal rocks and green iguanas live on trees.

So as you can see, these two reptiles are similar and different in many ways.

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Land vs Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Islands - Planet Aqua Expeditions

Run for it!

A green iguana is sitting on a branch, daydreaming. Then suddenly, an enormous grizzly bear approaches. Bears are of of the green iguana's predators. Others include snakes, turtles, fish, birds, otters and jaguars. Uh-Oh! Now what? The iguana takes the easy way out. It jumps off the branch into a river and swims away. That's what it does most of the time. But the bear is catching up! The iguana uses it's tail as a whip and it hits the bear several times. But the bear is still trying. The iguana uses it's sharp teeth and claws to fight. And the bear is down!
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Tail Whip

Common to uncommon

Green Iguanas are also known as common iguanas. But that dosen't mean they are common. Well, they used to be. People like to eat the eggs iguanas lay. Other eggs die of disease. People says the eggs taste really good and they taste like cheese. Other humans capture them to keep or sell as pets. So now, common iguanas are becoming endangered and uncommon.
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More Cool Stuff

Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge

From Wikipedia.

The Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge is a 58-hectare wildlife reserve located 5 kilometers off the Los Santos Province on the Azuero Peninsula in Panama. Naitive animals include crabs,boa constrictors, and red throated frigrates. It is a vital nesting ground for several species of frigate as well as sea turtles.

National Iguana Awareness Day

Thursday, Sep. 8th 2016 at 12am-11:45pm


National Iguana Awareness Day

September 8 is National Iguana Awareness Day!

Although it was officially dropped as a holiday in 2001, we’re keeping it going to promote education of proper care to owners and pet shops.

The motto of National Iguana Awareness Day (or NIAD) was “Hard to Care For, Easy to Love”, as iguanas require complex care but can be very lovable.