Rainforest Biodiversity Guide

Green Iguana
Green Iguana

Scientific Name: Iguana iguana

Category: Animal

Primary Layer: Understory

Fun Facts:

  • The Green Iguana can grow to a length of 2m (6.6 feet) and weigh 6kg (13.2lbs).
  • Although primarily a herbivore , iguanas have been known to eat small birds and mammals.
  • Iguanas are a major source of protien for humans in rural areas.
  • They can live for over 20 years.
  • If frightened while on a branch, iguanas will comonly seek refuge by jumping. They can fall as far as forty feet without injury.
  • Iguanas use their long tails as whips to drive away predators.