Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Baby Iguanas!

Over the last two months, we have been fortunate to find several baby green iguanas around the property at Arenas del Mar.  We are lucky to see them because they have great camouflage!

The mating season of iguanas is in the beginning of the year.  In February, the mother lays the eggs, around 30 in a hole, and covers them up.  After, the mother defecates around the area and goes away (very irresponsible!).
After about 50 days, the eggs hatch and the baby iguanas go to the surface and live by themselves, without their mom.  Once at the surface, the babies start to eat leaves.  The green iguanas only eat leaves and fruits.  The first few days, most of the iguanas sleep together but with time, they go out on their own.  During the first few months, they tend to stay close to the ground.  As they continue to grow, they start to climb up to the top of the trees, where they spend most of the time eating leaves and hanging out.

These iguanas will eventually become very large. They can grow up to 5 feet long. In the past, many people that live in the area would eat them, saying they taste like chicken. That´s why the Iguana is also called ¨chicken of the trees¨.

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