The Seneca Park Zoo’s male iguana lives with the two-toed sloths, agoutis, pied tamarins and golden lion tamarins in the Main Building. He was born in 2008 and came to the Zoo in 2010.
Status in the wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. However, the green iguana's popularity in the pet trade and as a food source in Latin America makes it necessary to monitor the trade so it remains unthreatened.
Green iguanas are arboreal lizards, meaning that they spend most of their lives in trees. They live in tropical rainforests, with the older iguanas inhabiting the canopy higher up while the juveniles inhabit the lower canopy. Green iguanas prefer to inhabit areas with a nearby source of water, as they create burrows near the riverbanks. They can be found from Mexico to Brazil.
The green iguana is an omnivore. They are primarily vegetarian, eating fruit and vegetation, but they also eat insects, rodents and worms.