Sunday, July 25, 2010

Meet the Iguana

Abe V Rotor

Spiny iguana, Avilon Zoo, San Mateo Rizal

Iguanas originate in Central and South America and are tropical, arboreal lizards. They are herbivorous, feeding on leaves, fruits and flowers in the wild.


The family of Iguanidae includes all lizards commonly called “iguanas” with eight groups genera :
Iguana - Iguana delicatissima, and Iguana iguana – the green iguana.
Ctenosauria – spiny tailed iguanas, such as those in the photos.
Brachylophus – Fijian banded iguana, native to Fiji and Tonga islands.
Cyclura – rock iguanas found in the Caribbean.
Amblyrhyncus – Galápagos marine iguanas, feed on marine algae.
Conolophus – Galápagos land iguanas, feed on plants, including cacti.
Dipsosaurus – desert iguanas of the Southwestern United States and Mexico.
Sauromalus – chuckwalla, found in the Southwestern United States, Mexico and on islands in the Gulf of California.

Acknowledgment: Avillon Zoo

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