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Green Iguana

(Iguana iguana)

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The Green Iguana is also called Common Iguana. Very large lizard with a tall crest consists of long, sickle-shaped scales running from neck to tail; short head with prominent eye and large circular scale (larger than eye) at angle of the jaw; large dewlap (skin sac) hangs from throat; usually greenish or brownish with wavy black bands on body and tail; to 2m (6.5ft), including very long tail. (Garrobo).


Low elevation wet forests and forest edge areas, Caribbean and Pacilic slopes; along streams and rivers in drier areas; found on the ground and in trees, sometimes on sunny, lealy branches as high as 20m (65ft). This species regulated for conservation purposes.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana), Costa Rica