Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Genus Iguana
Family Iguianidae
Scientific Name Iguana Iguana
Green Iguana
Green Iguana ©WildHerps

Other Names

Iguana, American iguana

Green Iguana Description

  • The green iguana is the resident lizard of Central America, South America, and Caribbean.
  • The iguana is herbivorous lizard which lives an arboreal life.
  • It makes a very popular pet.
  • Green iguanas are expert climbers and they can fall from a height of 50 feet without hurt.
  • During rainy season, iguanas fancy staying on the ground.
  • The iguana is probably the largest of the iguana family.
  • Iguanas dive into the water when they are frightened.

Size & Weight


  • TOTAL LENGTH: 2 to 1.7 m (3.9 to 5.6 ft)
  • WEIGHT: 1.2 to 3 kg (2.6 to 6.6 lb)
  • TAIL: 30 to 42 cm (12 to 17 in)


Wet habitats


Trinidad and Tobago, Texas, Virgin Islands, Grenada, Bolivia, Paraguay, St. Vincent, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Florida, Grand Cayman, central Brazil, Dominican Republic


Dandelion greens, wild plum, Spondias mombin, , flowers, fruit, turnip greens, mustard greens, collards, butternut squash, acorn squash, parsnip, arugula


20 – 71 eggs

Incubation Period

10 – 15 weeks


  • 8 years avg.
  • 20 years max.




Arboreal, diurnal