Iguana

Iguana posing in the Oslo Reptile Park

Iguana is a genus of herbivorous lizards native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The genus was first described in 1768 by Austrian naturalist Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti in his book Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena. Two species are included in the genus Iguana: the green iguana, which is widespread throughout its range and a popular pet, and the Lesser Antillean iguana, which is native to the Lesser Antilles and endangered due to habitat destruction.

Iguana at Butterfly World, Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, South Africa

Iguana at Butterfly World, Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, South Africa

Wild Green Iguana in the Botanical Garden at Portoviejo, Ecuador. A female individual, as seen from the relatively short dorsal spines and the green body colouration.

Wild Green Iguana in the Botanical Garden at Portoviejo, Ecuador. A female individual, as seen from the relatively short dorsal spines and the green body colouration.

Iguana from Venezuela.

Iguana from Venezuela.

Male wild Green Iguana in the Botanical Garden at Portoviejo, Ecuador.

Male wild Green Iguana in the Botanical Garden at Portoviejo, Ecuador.

Green Iguana

Green Iguana