Iguana: Species Profile


Iguanas are one of the most popular pet lizards. They are native to Central and South America. However, iguanas require a lot of maintenance and attention. They have strict feeding and breeding requirements, can grow quite large, live a long time, and are very strong. They are also difficult to tame and can become aggressive if not handled regularly.

Species Overview

COMMON NAMES: Iguana, Green Iguana, American Iguana, American Iguana

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Iguana iguana

ADULT SIZE: Weighs up to 6 kilograms and measures up to 2 meters.

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 12 years in captivity, but it is not uncommon to reach 20 years of age.

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