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Common green iguanas are excellent climbers and swimmers. When danger threatens they often drop from the tree into the water and then swim away. The males are highly territorial and defend their territory with blows from their tail. They also have a rich repertoire of threatening gestures such as nodding their heads, which also plays a part in their courtship rituals. Because of their popularity as terrarium animals common green iguanas are now bred on farms in their home country. In some countries their flesh is also much sought after.
|Order: squamates; family: iguanas
|Mainly plants; young predominantly feed on insects
|Lowland forests; lives in trees and shrubs close to water
|Up to 80 eggs; incubation period: 70–110 days; maximum age: 40 years