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The Central American Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) is also known as the "Common Iguana", but people usually just call it an iguana.  This species is native to Central & South America as well as the Caribbean .  The images below were photographed on the Grand Cayman Island unless otherwise noted.    

This reptile is an herbivore that typically grows up 5 feet in length, with some specimens reaching over 6 ˝ feet.  Note their very long tails.

 

  Did you know....

that iguanas are often found near the water and are excellent swimmers!  Iguanas do not use their legs to swim, but instead propel themselves through the water with zig-zagging tail strokes.  They are very quick swimmers – just ask the startled humans past whom the iguanas swam in my resort’s swimming pool.  

Although called “green” iguanas, the species appears in various shades of green, blue, lavender, black, pinkish, orange.  Young Green Iguanas are sometimes a bright green and mature of a darker or grayish colour.

Mature dominant males have taller dorsal spines as well as blue and/or orange colouration around the head and neck.

 

  Did you know....

That the row of spines that runs along the back and tail of an iguana help to protect them from predators?  Their very long whip-like tails are used to strike at predators – mainly other lizards.  If grabbed by the tail, an iguana can allow it to break, and will then grow itself a new one.

 

 

Head of Green Iguana

Iguana  - 1   Photographed in Cayman Island.

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Head of Green Iguana

Iguana  -  2   Photographed in Cayman Island.  Notice the large dewlap.

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The flap of skin below their lower jaw is called a “dewlap” which helps to regulate their body temperature.  It is also used during courtships and was flashed and shaken at me as a territorial display.  Although they put on what some might call an aggressive stance and look fierce, this species is peaceful and non-aggressive.  Iguanas will generally flee when threatened or approached, but if cornered, they will bite or whip very hard with their long tails.

 

Juvenile Green Iguana

Iguana  - 3   Juvenile Green Iguana photographed in Cayman Island.

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Young Green Iguana

Iguana  - 4   Photographed in Cayman Island.

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Green iguana hiding in grass

Iguana  - 5   Camouflaged Green Iguana photographed in Cayman Island.

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Green Iguaga Cayman Island

Iguana  - 6   Photographed in Cayman Island.

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Green Iguana displaying dewlap

Iguana  - 7   Photographed in Cayman Island.

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Brown striped colouration of Green Iguana

Iguana  - 8   Photographed in Cayman Island.

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The Grand Cayman Islands have native Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas (Cyclura lewisi) - not pictured.  The Green Iguanas were brought as pets to the Grand Cayman in the 1980’s and have now multiplied in the wild.  While the Green Iguana is thriving in the Cayman’s, the island’s native Blue Iguanas are an endangered species due to the destruction of their natural habitat-the rocky, dry forests or near the shore.  The Green Iguanas are not posing any negative consequences on the Blue Iguanas.

 

Mature Green Iguana on stone wall.

Iguana  - 9   Photographed in Cayman Island.

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Mature brown striped iguana on stone wall.

Iguana  - 10   Photographed in Cayman Island.

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Remarkable
Reptiles !

In the Book "The lectures of Linnaeus concerning the Animal Kingdom", published about 100 years ago, Carl Linnaeus wrote in the beginning of his Chapter on Amphibia that animals in this Chapter are "the ugliest, most cruel and most poisoning".  He expressed that he was happy that our Creator put rather few of these animals into this class.  If there had been more, they would have hurt the other species.

Carl Linnaeus (1701-1778) was a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.  He is known as the father of taxonomy and the one who laid the foundations for our current biological naming scheme.

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Reptiles breathe air!

Almost all reptiles lay shelled eggs!

 

Sensational 
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Terrific Turtles !

 

 

 

Did you know...

The King Cobra is the largest venomous snake in the world.  It is 12 feet long! 

Frogs breathe with their lungs but also their skin!

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Alligators !

 

 

Did you know...

Reptiles have holes instead of ears!

Reptiles today live on every continent except Antarctica!

Most reptiles have a 3-chambered heart!

 

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