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St. John Fauna: Iguana

St. John Fauna: Iguanas (Iguana iguana)

St. John Fauna: Iguana
Iguana

 

See Iguana Video

The Iguana is a type of lizard found in the Caribbean and in tropical Central and South America.

 

 

St. John Fauna: Iguana
Iguana Dewlap

 

The name “iguana” comes from the Taino language. They live in trees and can grow to be as much as six feet long. They have spines on their backs and tails that they use for defense by whipping their tails. Their tails will break off if grabbed allowing the iguana to escape, whereupon it will grow a new tail.

 

 

St. John Fauna: Iguana
Iguanas Mating

 

Their dewlaps, which hang from their lower jaws are used to regulate body temperature and to attract iguanas of the opposite sex

 

 

 

St. John Fauna: Iguana
Iguana at Westin Resort
St. John Fauna: Iguana
Iguana

 

Iguanas eat plants utilizing their sharp teeth to shred leaves and plant matter. They seem to especially love hibiscus flowers.