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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Iguanidae
Genus:Iguana
Genus species:Iguana iguana

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:up to 182 cm
Identification:The common green iguana is pale green in color and has a crest from the back of the neck to the middle of its tail. The iguana also has an erectable throat sac and black stripes running across its back.
Habitat:Tropical forests
Diet:Herbivore: young shoots, fruit, flowers, leaves
Reproduction:Female green iguanas lay 20-70 eggs at time. The eggs need to incubate for three months before hatching. The life expectancy for green iguanas is ten years.
Green iguanas are usually found alone but may sunbathe in larger groups.
Behavior:Most active during the day, green iguanas can often be found in trees or in the water. If threatened, they will snap their sharp tails in the air. Their tails may also break off if they are attacked.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America
Northern South America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:herptile
Common green iguana
lizard
reptile
Green iguana
Iguana (Genus)
Iguanas
Lizards
Squamata
Reptiles
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata