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Common or Green Iguana

Out of eleven species in the family Iguanidae, the green iguana (Iguana iguana) is the most common iguana in the pet trade. Green iguanas are native to Central and South America, ranging from Mexico to Brazil. In the wild, they live in trees, basking in the sun, and only come down to the ground when… Learn More


Does the harvest for wildlife trade or captive breeding of this species harm wild populations?

Little Cause for Concern

  • Wild populations appear not to be at risk

Invasive Threat

Does the release or escape of this species into the wild harm the environment and/or economy?

Significant Cause for Concern

  • Established nuisance in Florida and Puerto Rico
  • May introduce ticks that can harm native/domesticated species

Ease of Care

Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or being kept as a pet harm individual animals?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Require specialized care (e.g., very large enclosures and specialized diet)
  • This species is commonly donated to rehab centers when individuals reach adulthood and become difficult to care for

Health Risks

Does this animal pose a health risk to native wildlife, humans, livestock and agriculture?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Adult iguanas can pose an injury threat to humans
  • Can carry and transmit Salmonella

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