GREEN IGUANA

(Iguana iguana)

GREEN IGUANA

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The Green Iguana or Common Iguana is a large, arboreal, herbivorous lizard species of the genus Iguana from Central, South America, and the Caribbean. The green iguana lives in a large geographical area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay, to Mexico and the Caribbean Islands.

CHARACTERISTICS
Thanks to its herbivorous diet, the green iguana adapted in terms of locomotion and osmoregulation. They usually grow up to 1.5 m long, although there are also some specimens that are 2 m long. The Iguana can reach a weight of 9 to10 kg.

BEHAVIOR
When they are scared, the Green Iguanas run away and even swim away if they are close to a river. If they feel threatened, the iguanas open their membranes that surround their neck and strengthen their muscles.

DIET
Iguanas are primarily herbivores, feeding on leaves, fruits, flowers and stems of various plants.

REPRODUCTION
Green Iguanas are oviparous, females lay between 20-71 eggs once a year during a synchronized nesting period. The hatchlings leave the nest after a period of 10 to 15 weeks of incubation.

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CoMMENTS

Huc Marian @ 10/08/2014, 10:46
Unde sunt cele mai multe iguane din Zoo Sibiu? A mai rămas doar un mascul.
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