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Green Iguanas

Green iguanas are large, herbivorous species of lizard native to Central and South America; but they can also be found in Southern Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, and United States. They are cold-blooded animals that hunt for food during daytime. They feed on leaves, fruits, flowers, and other kinds of plans. The juvenile iguanas, nonetheless, often eat feces to be able to digest their food. Wild iguanas, on the other hand, can eat eggs, tree snails, and grasshoppers.

Typically, an adult green iguana measures four feet to six feet long, including the tail. Others, however, can grow up to seven feet long. Its tail can actually make up about half its body length. Aside from its green color, there are also noticeable black stripes on its skin. The green color of iguanas is not uniform, though. You can find ones with bright green, dull green, and grayish-green color.

The skin of a green iguana is rough and has pointy scales. It has long fingers and claws that enable it to grasp and climb easily. It also has excellent adaptation skills as well as a good sense of smell, vision, and hearing; no wonder it can easily survive in the wild. It uses its long and sharp tail as a defense mechanism by snapping it in the air. If caught by a predator, it can easily break off from its tail and run away; and after some time, the tail would grow back.

In addition, its skin is tough and water resistant. So, it would not be harmed during rain or storm. It is also capable of camouflaging and blending with its surroundings. Hence, it can remain undetected by predators; and in the event that it becomes detected, it can easily escape by jumping off trees and diving into the water. In fact, they can jump from forty- to fifty-feet trees to the ground without getting injured.

A male green iguana has a unique flab of skin called the dewlap. It raises this dewlap to appear bigger and fiercer for the purpose of intimidating predators as well as impressing female iguanas. Both male and female green iguanas, nonetheless, can store fat under their necks and jaws so they will not go hungry when there is not much food around. They also tend to live alone although they can also occasionally go in groups. When the weather gets chilly, they try to keep warm by lying on rocks and basking in the sun.

In different parts of the world, green iguanas are becoming popular as pets. A lot of them are also being kept in zoos. Others, on the other hand, are being raised in iguana farms for food. Caretakers usually feed them with salad, romaine lettuce, kale, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

Then again, even though it is legal to buy iguanas to serve as food or pets, there are still laws that protect them from being over-hunted. There are also programs that educate people on proper iguana hunting and breeding. With adequate care and nutrition, these creatures can live for up to twenty years.

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