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Iguana

posted: 04/29/14
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Iguana
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm an Iguana!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Trees in the Rainforests in the Caribbean and Central and South America and some places in the United States.

What I Like to Eat: Fruits, flowers and green plants

Betcha Didn't Know: We have the ability to survive a fall from a soaring tree to the ground or in the water, even if it's from 50 feet in the air.

Solid Ground: We spend the majority of our lives high above trees. Females come down to lay their eggs underground and then leave never meeting their young. When our babies are born, they dig themselves out and are forced to depend on themselves for survival from day one.

Color: We are typically called "green iguanas", but we come in other colors too. It's not uncommon to find our skin colors turn to shades of blue, brown, yellow, orange and purple to camouflage us to blend in for our own protection.

Pet Lovers: We cold-blooded lizards are often purchased as domestic pets. We can brag that we are one of the most sought after reptiles for pet owners. But owners need to remember that adult iguanas can grow as large as six feet (our long tail accounts for more than half of our size) and will outgrow tanks and aquariums pretty quickly. We need fresh vegetables daily, and just like your cat or dog, we require regular trips to the veterinarian.

Fear Factor: We are great swimmers and divers and will retreat to the water whenever we feel the slight bit of threat from predators like snakes and eagles. Hawks are our biggest predator. We are so scarred of them, that we become paralyzed and freeze in our tracks from the very sound of their call.

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