Appearance''Ameiva ameiva'' has a streamlined body, pointed head, slightly forked tongue, and muscular hind legs. They grow to approximately 45–50 cm . Both sexes have random black specs and mottling along the sides. Females usually have much less green than males and a more dusty of a green color. Males have vibrant green coloration and more bold mottling. Males also have more expanded jowels. Green ameivas are popular as a pet because of the male's striking green coloration.
NamingThis species has been introduced into the United States with thriving populations in South Florida.
HabitatGiant ameiva live on the forest floor, often sheltering underneath logs and in leaf litter. Captive specimens have been observed making primitive tunnels spanning out from under a log or rock when given enough soil.
ReproductionThe female lays several clutches of eggs from March to December.
FoodThe giant ameiva's diet consists of mainly insects, frogs, and spiders.
In captivity mealworms are a favorite of the ameiva along with crickets.
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