Green Iguana

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Green Iguana (also called Common Iguana)
Scientific name: Iguana iguana

•    Green, or common, iguanas are among the largest lizards in the Americas, averaging around 2 metres long and weighing about 5 kilograms.

•    Primarily herbivores, iguanas are active during the day, feeding on leaves, flowers, and fruit. They generally live near water and are excellent swimmers.

•    The two prominent nostrils are used to expel a saline solution to regulate its body's salt level.

•    The green iguana is a wonderful swimmer. It holds its legs close beside it and uses its tail to propel itself through the water. An iguana can stay under water comfortably for up to 30 minutes.

•    Attaining maturity may take three to four years but female Iguana iguana (green iguana) can produce large clutches for many years.

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