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Iguanas - Reptiles - Distribution

There exist many subspecies of Iguanas, some of which are unknown to people. The most popular are Green Iguanas, which are found in the rainforests of Central and South America and in drier areas along the coast. They can live high up in the trees or near the ground as their green stripped coloring blends with its natural habitat. There are also Marine Iguanas that are found in Galapagos Islands. They prefer rocky coasts, mangrove swamps, and beaches. Our prehistoric ancestors hunted iguanas for food, today some tribes still eat Iguanas.

Iguanas - Reptiles - Taxonomy

Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Iguanidae

Length: 5-7 feet.
Weight: up to 18 pounds.
Life Span: 10-15 years in the wild, more then 20 years with proper care.
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Iguanas - Reptiles - Social Structure

Iguana males are large and bright, and the females are smaller and gray or black in color. Males have harems of several females and protect them from other males. Fights are occasional and harmless. The breeding season lasts for three months. Iguanas reproduce prolifically: mature females produce up to 30 eggs per year for about 10 years. The eggs are laid in sand-filled chambers or in volcanic ash.

Iguanas - Reptiles - Feeding

Iguanas are strict herbivores, and shouldn't be fed insects or other protein based food. It may lead to kidney failure and death. In the wild Iguanas feed on leaves, flowers, and fruits. Marine Iguanas feed on marine algae.

Iguanas require fresh vegetation daily, and fresh water should always be available. In captivity Iguanas prefer all kinds of greenery, except lettuce. About the third of their diet should consist of carrot, beans, and broccoli. Also treat Iguanas with mango, papaya, banana, or berries every day.

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