Iguanas are known as Iguana iguana, or the most common name iguana. In the wild, iguanas eat a lot of leaves, new shoots, flowers and soft fruits. They get their water from catching rain and condensation on the flowers and leaves of the trees, but most come from their food. Although they sometimes eat an unsuspecting insect that has been hiding in a flower, they are no omnivores.

After the sunrise, the iguanas begin to move from their sleeping places to a place where they can soak up the sun's heat. Shortly after sunrise, they are warm enough to move around and look for food. After searching and eating food, they need to move to another place to catch the sun. They must be warm enough to digest the food they have eaten.

During the day, iguanas have to look out for other threats like other reptiles and mammals. During breeding season, male iguanas are looking for females, and females are trying to avoid overzealous males. Their days are filled with periods of activity and long periods of rest.




In the wild, iguanas are expected to live for 10 - 15 years, if they do not end on a local or tourist's menu. Under the right circumstances, iguanas may live for more than 20 years, reaching a length of 5 - 7 feet, weighing up to 18 pounds.

You can see iguanas easily at the Washington / Slagbaai National Park. There are a few places with iguanas in this park. They are used to tourists and they are not afraid at all so you can approach them very easily.


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