Intro Green iguanas are one of the most popular pet lizards on the market today, but many keepers abandon them because of their immense size and care requirements. Before you buy an iguana read as much as you can about the species and their care. Appearance As hatchlings, green iguanas are only a couple of inches long. When your green iguana is done growing after a couple of years, it will be from feet in length.
Adult Green Iguanas - Picture of Green Iguana Conservation Project, San Ignacio - TripAdvisor
Facts about this animal This large arboreal lizard grows to 1. Mature iguanas weigh between 4 and 6 kg, but some with proper diet can reach up to 8 kg. Although predominantly green, these animals are actually variable in color. Thus the color of an individual may vary based upon its sex, mood, temperature, health, or social status. Additionally, such color alteration may aide these animals in thermoregulation. In the morning, while body temperature is low, skin color will be darker, helping the lizard to absorb heat from sunlight.
They love to bask in the sun or under an ultraviolet light, and they enjoy a diet of leafy greens and vegetables. Iguanas should be properly socialized when they are young to ensure that they can be handled as adults. They require specialized housing and regular veterinary care and may not be a suitable pet for everyone.
Grand Cayman Male green iguanas have highly developed femoral pores on the underside of their thighs which secrete a scent females have femoral pores, but they are smaller in comparison to those of the males. They also tend to develop a taller dorsal crest than females, as well as taller dorsal spines or spikes. Large, round, very pronounced jowls are generally a male characteristic. Jowls are located under the jaw and are protected by the subtympanic plate, which is a large, green, circular-shaped scale. Green iguanas are oviparous with females laying clutches of 20 to 71 eggs once per year during a synchronized nesting period.