Green Iguana, Belize River
These lizards are unique and ancient. They have a third eye, have a crazy thing called a Jacobs Organ and can hold their breath underwater for over 20 minutes. These dinosaurs have an evolved a set of sophisticated sensory mechanisms constantly analyzing and evaluating it surroundings for survival. The “Itzamna” was also incorporated into Maya religious beliefs and represented a symbol of life for the rivers and the tropical rainforests for many generations.
One of the most serious threats to this species has been brought about by the destruction of their natural habitat; along with harvest and pollution their numbers are in decline.