Would you have an iguana for a pet? If your answer is yes, you should prepare yourself! This lizard although looks clumsy, is very fast and agile on land! Along with that, you should watch your fingers! Iguanas have strong jaws with razor-sharp teeth and sharp tails.

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How big is an iguana?

This large lizard is probably the largest specie in the iguana family. An adult can grow from 1,2 to 1,7 m from head to tail. The tail makes the most of the body, from 12 to 17 inches. The average weigh is around 8,8 pounds. But, as every specie has its exceptions, so does this one. Moreover, there are examples of even larger males of 2 m long and weighing more than 20 pounds!

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Habitat.

The native range of the iguana extends from Southern Mexico to Central Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and the Caribbean. This interesting lizard can also be found in Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Iguana’s favorite habitat is near the water, in rainy forests. Most of its time, this lizard will spend in mating, changing trees or laying eggs. What a great life, right?

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Excellent climbers.

Did you know that iguana can fall up to 15 m and land unhurt? That’s pretty high! As agile climber, iguana will use its hind leg claws to clasp leaves and branches to break a fall. Also, this amazing animal is a great swimmer! It remains submerged, letting its four legs hang limply against its side. But, there is one more feature of this incredible lizard. Iguanas are also burrowers.

Diet.

Unlike their enormous cousin, the komodo dragon , iguanas are primarily herbivore. They are active during the day, feeding on leaves, flowers, and fruit. Although they will consume whatever is offered, our green friends require a precise ratio of minerals. But, some species have been known of consuming proteins, such as bird eggs and tree snails.

Captivity.

Although iguana is one of the most popular pets in the U.S., you should be careful. These lizards in captivity require a lot of care. For example, their diet has to consist fresh leafy vegetables, and access to fresh water. Moreover, they thrive only in temperatures from 26 to 35 degrees. Appropriate sources of UVA and UVB lighting is a must.

So, if you are ready to have another green member of your family, you have all the information you need! Good luck!

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