Geographical Range Southern Mexico to central South America
Habitat Forests, river banks
Scientific Name Iguana iguana
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

The iguana uses a number of clever tricks to escape its enemies. One tactic is to dive underwater, where it can hold its breath for up to 30 minutes. Another way it avoids predators is by staying perfectly still among the leaves, so that its green body blends in with its background.

If attacked by a predator, an iguana can inflate the flap of skin (dewlap) under its chin and bob its head up and down to make itself look larger and more threatening. It can also lash out at an attacker with its tail, which doubles as a whip. If necessary, the tail can even come off (the iguana can grow a new one).