For centuries Costa Rica has been home to the green iguana. They thrive in the warm local climate and UVB light, and feed on the plentiful soft fruit and greens. Iguanas go into mating season once a year, usually around March or April. Both sexes display aggressive behavior and males will also turn orange when in season.
A female will lay around 40 eggs and hide them in a nesting hole. Iguanas do not raise their young but the female may stick around to protect her eggs until they hatch. However, their numbers are under threat. Besides predators in the wild, humans also hunt iguanas for their meat and hide, or run them over (please drive safely!). Deforestation is another major cause of their decline.
There are also less obvious causes. Because green iguanas are reptiles many people make the mistake of feeding those bugs or meat. Although the iguana may like this type of food it causes them to have kidney failure. For this reason never feed an iguana and kind of animal protein.