Iguanas at Our Long Island Zoo

Long Island Iguanas

Common iguanas are some of the largest reptiles found in the Americas. They primarily live in the rainforests of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Brazil, but can also be found on remote tropical islands like Fiji and Madagascar.

Iguanas like to spend their time high in the tree tops, or the canopy, and only climb down to the rainforest floor to mate or lay eggs. Like other reptiles, they are cold-blooded, and enjoy laying out in the sun. Iguanas are herbivores, which means they like to eat flowers, leaves and fruit.

Iguanas weigh about eleven pounds, and grow to an average of 6.5 feet long. These amazing reptiles can regenerate certain parts of their bodies. If an iguana loses his tail fighting off a predator, he can grow it back.

Iguanas are great swimmers and can jump into a body of water from up to 40 feet without injury. Talk about a high dive!