INTRODUCTION TO THE IGUANA
The Espinosa "boys" have always had a fascination with iguanas and how the "boys" have grown!
Iguanas are found around Puerto Vallarta living mainly in tropical forests and near rivers and arroyos. They are also often seen bathing in the sun on the ground or on large rocks which is where I come into contact with them during my outdoor afternoon reading time.The tropical climate and lush foliage in the area provide the ideal environment for these ancient reptiles with a year-round supply of food including leaves, fruits, and flowers such as hibiscus and bougainvilleas.
Iguanas may congregate together while resting and soaking up the sun’s rays. But too many males put together will end up in aggressive fights that may lead to death for some especially during the reproductive season. Hyperventilating (panting) for a romantic encounter and I was the only one around!
At the end of the rainy season, males establish a territory of about 16 feet and begin to court the females by nodding their heads up and down while expanding their dewlap (flap of skin under their chin). This behavior is also noted during male to male aggression and their thick, strong tail is often used as a weapon. If the tail is pulled off during a fight, it will grow back although it will never be as pretty as the original one. See below my amigo that I have named "Stubby" for an obvious reason.
- What is the difference between a reptile and an amphibian?
- What do iguanas look like?
- What is the size and longevity of iguanas?
The mature size of iguanas ranges from spiny-tailed iguanas who can measure as little as 4.9 inches long to green iguanas who can reach lengths of up to 7 feet. On average iguanas reach full maturity by 3 years of age. The average size of iguanas for adult males is 8/9 pounds an 6 pounds for an adult female. Depending on the species iguanas may live for as few as 4 years or as many as 60 years.
- Where do iguanas live in Latin America?
- What does an iguana eat in Mexico?
- Who are the predators of iguanas?
- Do iguanas have good hearing, smelling, and vision?
- How does a green iguana use its claws?
- What are the predators of iguanas?
- What does an iguana do?
Iguanas spend most of their lives in the canopy, descending only infrequently to mate, lay eggs, or change trees. Primarily herbivores, iguanas are active during the day, feeding on leaves, flowers, and fruit. They generally live near water and are excellent swimmers.
- How do iguanas reproduce?
- Why are iguanas important to the ecosystem?
Iguanas are distributed in México primarily in the southern states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Jalisco (location of Puerto Vallarta). As with many other species, giving iguanas space, quiet, and respect will go a long way in restoring their numbers and also the natural balance of their environment.
Iguana "art" in Puerto Vallarta has become iconic for the town whether creations in the sand or paintings on the streets. Searching out our iguanas is definitely a lovely way to enjoy your PV day!
Green Geckos are not often seen, but they can be heard at night chirping to each other when hanging out waiting for the moths and other flying insects that lights attract. Baby geckos are smaller than your pinkie nail and grow to not more than approximately 3 or 4 inches long. They are like totally cute!
I would sincerely appreciate your sharing this blog posting in order that more people are aware of the life and plight of the the amazing iguana. They certainly deserve our appreciation and support. Until next time, wishing you wonderful travels, safe trails, and make way for the iguanas! Laura