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Iguana iguana

Basic information
Scientific name Iguana iguana (No picture)
Common names Green iguana
Higher taxon Iguanidae, Sauria (Lacertilia), Squamata, Repftilia
Natural range Mexico-C & S America, West Indies.
Habitat Forest nearby water.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Established in Ishigakijima Is. (Sakishima Islands). There are many reports of capture of escaping iguana from various location in Japan. Range in Japan
Date around 1994
Route Deliberate introduction (Release and escape of pet animals)
Impact Potentially: predation on native animals, damage on agriculture by predation on ornamental plants, fruits, flower, etc.
Native organism(s) affected: Native insects, crops, etc.
Regulation in Japan CITES Appendix II.
Introduced range in other countries Florida, Hawaii, etc.
Reference Notes
  • DECO (ed) (2006) Dictionary of Alien Species. Tokyo-Shoseki. (in Jpn)
  • JWRC (ed) (2008) A Photographic Guide to the Invasive Alien Species in Japan. Heibonsha. (in Jpn)
  • CITES website
  • etc.