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Green Iguanas

  1. 1. Green Iguanas By: Ashley
  2. 2. Description Of Green Iguana The green iguana can weigh up to 18 pounds (8 kg) and can reach a length of five to seven feet (1.5 to 2 m). This iguana has a long body covered with soft leathery scales, a long tail and short legs. Its hard, long tail is used as a weapon and for balance when climbing. It has a greenish-gray color and can change color slightly (but not nearly as well as some lizards, such as chameleons). Female and juvenile male iguanas are a much brighter green than an adult male. It has feet with five very long toes with sharp claws on the ends, used especially for climbing. The iguana has a row of spines that extend along its back from the base of its head all the way to the tip of its tail, descending in size from head to tail. It also has a dorsal crest at the base of its head and a dewlap underneath its chin. The iguana also has a row of sharp serrated teeth.
  3. 3. Habitat The geographic range of the green iguana is from Central to south America and on smaller West Indian islands. Green iguanas are both arboreal and terrestrial. They live in the light-shade mosaic of trees along rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps, as well as in relatively open, arid areas if food resources are sufficient.
  4. 4. The green iguana is basically herbivorous. The green iguana spends most of its activity cycle resting, not feeding and foraging like carnivorous lizards. When foraging, the iguana returns to the same foraging site day after day. Its food intake decreases when it changes foraging sites. It gets water from catching rain and condensation on the flowers and leaves of trees, but most comes from the food it eats. It occasionally eats insects along with the vegetation. In the spring the iguana eats leaves of plants in the bean family that are high in protein. A young iguana eats mostly insects. The young are small and potential prey for larger predators including larger iguanas. Food A Green Iguana eating.
  5. 5. Protection Green iguanas tail Green Iguanas protect themselves by swinging their tail. When an animal comes around and the iguana feels endangered they swing their tail.
  6. 6. After mating females lay their eggs during the second half of the dry season. The female iguana carries her eggs for two months. Female iguanas usually build nests widely separated from one another in areas with sandy soil. Females use moderately straight terrestrial paths to move from their home site to the nest. After seven days spent at the nest site, nearly the identical path is used to travel back to the home site. Females may migrate as far as 1.8 miles (3 km) to find a suitable nesting site. Hatching occurs anywhere from two months before the onset of the rainy season to very early in the rainy season, usually in May. Characteristics
  7. 7. Endangered Green Iguanas are not endangered Because there are over 10,000 Green Iguanas. All over West Indian islands, south America there are a lot of green iguanas.
  8. 8. What I liked about the Green Iguana Why I Liked that I picked the Green Iguana. The Green Iguana is a lot of fun to learn about. I like what it eats and were it lives. That was a lot of fun too. Well I thought it was all fun actually, not just learning about one little thing. Well that is all. Thanks For Watching.