Juvenile iguanas often eat feces from adults in order to acquire the essential microflora to digest their low-quality and hard-to-process vegetarian-only diet. There is evidence of wild iguanas eating grasshoppers and tree snails, usually as a byproduct of eating plant material. Florida green iguanas have been observed eating dead fish and individuals kept in captivity have been known to eat mice without any ill effects. In fact, on rare occasions they even resort to cannibalism by hunting and feeding on iguanas hatchlings. The American pet trade has put a great demand on the green iguana; 800,000 iguanas were imported into the U.S. in 1995 alone, primarily originating from captive farming operations based in their native countries (Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, and Panama). However, these animals are demanding to care for properly over their lifetime, and many die within a few years of acquisition. Green Iguanas Stock Footage was filmed by Heiko Kiera aka Ojatro in Florida in 2018.
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