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The GREEN IGUANA is a large lizard native to South and Central America.
A herbivore, it grows to about 1.50 m in length from head to tail.
No less than 17 different species have been identified, with different colours ranging from green to black or pink despite their name.

Its easy character and bright colours make it a prey for the pet commerce. The American trade has put a great demand on the Green Iguanas : 800000 specimens were imported into the US in 1995 alone.
However, they are difficult to care for because it's hard to recreate their natural habitat, way of life and diet. So, many die within 2 or 3 years of acquisition, whereas their life expectancy in the wild goes from 10 to 15 years.

When I first posted my photo 174 , I had mistaken the Green iguana and the basilisk, which I could correct thanks to UlfE who helped me put my memories back into place.
So, this time I decided to post a green iguana for comparison. Well, this is the male, which is not green. Looking at the WS of the female, one would think that's where it gets its name from, but apparently, it's because all "green iguanas" whatever colour they are, have a greenish tint to them, which you can see on this orange one.

WS1 A view of the female.
WS2 Other view of the female.
WS3 Another view of the male
WS4 View of the 2 together.

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