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Green Iguana

Very docile (for a reptile!)

Green Iguana
origin:Central and South America
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The Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, diurnal, semi-arboreal to arboreal lizard that belongs to the Iguana Genus and is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America, extending from Southern Mexico to the Caribbean Islands, Paraguay and Brazil. They prefer the rainforests, although some can also be found in the vicinity of rivers and streams and at a maximum altitude of about 1000 metres (3,000 feet) from sea, where temperatures are warm enough to support their life style. The colonies that are today found in some regions of Florida, Hawaii and California originated in specimens that escaped captivity or were released by their owners into de wild and managed to adapt to not so good environmental conditions. Iguanas are, in all likelihood, the most popular lizard pet, but prospective owners should realize that caring for a Green Iguana is costly, time consuming and challenging. Their needs in terms of feeding, housing and taming are demanding:  they are exclusively herbivorous and need a wide variety of certain fresh vegetables and fruits, while some other types of food, like animal protein will be detrimental to the Iguana’s health; They need quite a lot of space, both horizontal and vertical for contrary to what is generally believed, Green Iguanas do not grow just according to their confinement area; when reared in good conditions, they keep growing through their entire life and a male adult may reach 1,8 to 2 meters and weigh 4-5 Kg. As juveniles their growth is processed rapidly, and as they become of age, the growing process decelerates, but still goes on; on the other hand, carers should not forget that Iguanas are arboreal and should be given both free roaming space and climbing structures like branches and shelves on which they can climb and bask; taming is also a not so easy process. Iguana may be docile animals, but as they become adults, some are aggressive especially during the mating season. Those fanciers who have the resources, and feel they are fully prepa