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Wednesday, 19 August 2015


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

There are only two species of Iguana: the Green Iguana and the Lesser Antillean Iguana.

A Green iguana (Wikipedia Commons)

The iguana not only use their eyes to to navigate through trees and forests and find food, but also to communicate with members of the same species.

Iguanas have a third eye (Parietal) on the top of their head that is a transparent scale that detects light and dark. They use it to alert them to aerial predators.

Green iguanas can stay submerged for up to thirty minutes.

The Marine Iguanas of Galapagos fight duels by standing forehead to forehead and pushing against each other.

Green iguanas are eaten in Central America, where they are referred to sometimes as "chicken of the tree" after their habit of resting in trees and their supposed chicken-like taste.

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