Green Iguana

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Green Iguana

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Green Iguana

Bonaire knows one iguana species, namely the Green iguana (or Common iguana). It is one of the largest lizards in the Americas, reaching 2 meters (6.5 feet) and weighing up to 5 kilograms (11 pounds). Their tail makes up half their total body length! It is an herbivore, meaning it eats no meat. It likes fruit, leaves, new shoots and flowers. Because the iguana is a reptile, and therefore a cold blooded animal, it needs the sun’s heat to warm up. After sunrise they are often found sitting on the roads to absorb the heat. They are also great swimmers! When threatened, they can run pretty fast, and can even survive falls on hard rock from as high as 12 meters (40 feet). The jaw of the Green iguana is very strong and filled with razor sharp teeth. Like other lizards, also this species can detach its tail when it’s caught and will grow a new tail back.