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Green Iguana

Iguana iguana


Iguanas are able to hold their breath for up to 30 minutes. They will often jump from tree to water using their powerful tail for swimming to escape. They are also able to leap down 40-50 feet without injury. To attract a mate, mature males may turn orange during breeding season. Iguanas store large amounts of fat in their lower jaw and neck area in order to survive times of famine. The pouch at the base of their neck is called a dewlap, and is used in display. Their tail has weakened vertebrae so the iguana can break free and escape if caught by the tail. Iguanas are also able to whip their tail in defense, leaving behind a stinging welt or worse.

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Smith Zoo
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Smith Zoo

Stellenbosch Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Aug 18, 2012
Submitted on Aug 18, 2012

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