Helmeted Iguana

Corytophanes cristatus

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The helmeted iguana is an arboreal lizard often found in the lower branches of trees or bushes. Both sexes have a distinctive hump or helmet on their head, thus the name helmeted.  On average, females have a noticeably smaller helmet than males.
This species has the ability to change its color slightly from greenish to brownish. Helmeted iguanas are well known for their primary defense mechanism, to remain perfectly still in the face of danger. In a sense, they "play dead.”
 

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Insects, spiders, worms, and other lizards

NOT LISTED UNDER IUCN RED LIST OF THREATENED SPECIES

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