The iguana is a lizard, a large dragonlike lizard.  Usually it is a shy dragon, living quietly on leaves, fruits, and vegetables.  When cornered, however, an iguana can be fierce.  Its claws are sharp and its bite can be painful, as can a blow from its large, quick tail.

The iguana used to be found everywhere in the Bahamas.  Because it is eaten by humans and hunted by feral dogs and cats, the iguana population on most inhabited islands has virtually disappeared.  Now they are mostly found on the outlying cays, and often each population represents a distinct subspecies of iguana.