Their scientific name is iguana iguana iguana.It is one of the best known reptiles It is popular in zoos and with private reptile keepers INTRODUCTION
It has spikes on its back for it to look tough.
Its tail is twice the size of its head.
It is one meter tall.
They weigh 8 pounds
In mating season they change color
It has a bright green scalybody with black stripes on its tail.
They can be between four and six feet long (including the tail)
Long fingers and claws
Habitat Green iguanas live in:
drier, costal areas.
lower regions, where temperatures are warm
Iguanas spend most of their time in the rain forest canopy
they blend in very nicely with their surroundings
They are mostly found from Mexico to Brazil
Since Iguanas live in rainforests,
They like warm climates with temperatures of 80 to 90 degrees.
They need high humidity
The climate of south Florida is perfect
In their climate it rains 9 to 30 feet of rain fall each year
Iguana Food Iguanas are omnivores because they eat birds They eat insects They eat bugs They eat berries And they also eat leaves off of trees
predator Hawk human Predator and Prey prey squirrel Bird Mouse Insects
There are four levels in the rain forest
Iguanas live on two of the levels
Their landform is mostly all trees
The female digs a tunnel in the ground They don’t get taken care of when they are babies Female iguanas have 17-76 eggs The record is 19 years in captivity Reproduction
physiological It smells and tastes with it’s tongue It has a third eye to see shadows of predators It can sleep under water for more than an hour It has no internal temperature control It stores fat under it’s neck and jaw
Physical Adaptation It has thick skin to keep moisture in They can run and swim fast They can loose their tail when they are caught Their tail grows back when caught Long claws to help grab things. Long tails snap as a defense Green color helps it camouflage
Behavioral Adaptations lies in the sun to warm it’s body temperature stays in the canopy to be safe from predators it uses camouflage to hide in the trees it has a dewlap to make it look it bigger Iguanas stare at your eyes to determine how to behave When they are relaxed they lay down, blink, and lick
It’s nickname is called chicken of the tree It can fall forty to fifty feet without getting hurt It communicates by hissing They can dive forty to fifty feet in the water They can lose a tail and grow one smaller They stop eating when they start to shed Fun facts