Green Iguana

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Green Iguana[1]
Green iguana at Baradidas Zoo, Venezuela
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptillia
Order: Squamata
Family: Iguanidae
Genus: Iguana
Species: I. iguana
Binomial name
Iguana iguana
(Linnaeus), 1758
Synonyms
  • Iguana iguana rhinolopha Wiegman, 1834
  • Lacerta Igvana Linnaeus, 1758
  • Iguana minima Laurenti, 1768
  • Iguana tuberculata Laurenti, 1768
  • Iguana coeruleaDaudin, 1802
  • Iguana vulgaris Link, 1806
  • Iguana sapidissima Merrem, 1820
  • Iguana squamosa Spix, 1825
  • Iguana viridis Spix, 1825
  • Iguana emarginata Spix, 1825
  • Iguana lophryoides Spix, 1825
  • Prionodus iguana Wagler, 1828
  • Hypsilophus tuberculatus Wagler 1830
  • Iguana hernandessi Jan 1857
  • Iguana iguana rhinolopha Wiegman, 1834
  • Hypsilophus rhinolophus Fitzinger, 1843
  • Iguana rhinolopha Dumeril & Bibron, 1837
  • Iguana rhinolophus Günther, 1885

The lizard commonly known as Green Iguana or Common Iguana (Iguana iguana) is native to Central and South America and the Carribean. It is an arboreal herbivorous species that belongs to the genus Iguana.

Distribution[change | change source]

The green iguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands especially in Puerto Rico where they are also known as "Gallina de palo" and they are very common throughout the island where it is seen as an intruder animal from South America; and in the United States as feral populations inSouth Florida (including the Florida Keys), Hawaii, and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.[2][3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Iguana iguana (Linnaeus, 1758) (TSN {{{ID}}}). Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  2. Swanson, Paul L (1950), "The Iguana: Iguana iguana iguana", Herpetolgica 6: 187–193
  3. Lazell, J.D. (1973), "The lizard genus Iguana in the Lesser Antilles", Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology(New York) 145: pp. 1–28
  4. Krysko, Kenneth L; Enge, Kevin M; Donlan, Ellen M; Seitz, Jason C (2007), "Distribution, Natural History, and Impacts of the Introduced Green Iguana in Florida", Iguana: Conservation, Natural History, and Husbandry of Reptiles(International Reptile Conservation Foundation) 14 (3): 142–151

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