Green Iguanas are large, arboreal (tree dwelling) lizards
of the new world primarily the Americas with most of them
obtaining lengths of 4-5 feet in length they have been a controversial
and interesting pet in the herptoculture trade for many years.
I personally have worked with many Iguanas over the years
in a professional atmosphere and as personal pets. In this
gallery I hope to explore the newer information in regards
to their care, husbandry, and responsibility of public awareness
to the herptile hobby.
Laurenti,1768. Iguanas from the genus of iguanidae.
Typical range is from central Mexico to central south America,
it is also occurring with some frequency in areas of Florida
and Hawaii having been introduced recently and thriving considerably.
The name Iguana is a Spanish translation of a Caribbean slang
iwana. The green iguana is also listed as c.i.t.e.s. Appendix
II which considers them to be threatened and permits are a
requirement for exportation.
A large lizard with adults commonly reaching sizes
of 4'-5' sometimes in excess of 6' although quite rare. Iguanas
tend to vary in weights depending on sex and overall health
but extremely large males can be 18 lbs or more. A slender
body with a slight lateral compression and powerful limbs,
especially the back legs.