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Iguana iguana

Iguana iguana
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-17
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-07 15:24
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptillia
Order: Squamata
Family: Iguanidae
Genus: Iguana
Species: I. iguana

The Green Iguana or Common Iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana native to Central and South America. The green iguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay to as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands; and in the United States as feral populations in South Florida (including the Florida Keys), Hawaii, and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
A herbivore, it has adapted significantly with regard to locomotion and osmoregulation as a result of its diet. It grows to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) in length from head to tail, although a few specimens have grown more than 2 metres (6.6 ft) with bodyweights upward of 20 pounds (9.1 kg).
Commonly found in captivity as a pet due to its calm disposition and bright colors, it can be demanding to care for properly. Space requirements and the need for special lighting and heat can prove challenging to an amateur hobbyist.
The species was first officially described by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1758.In the two centuries since then, no less than 17 species and subspecies have been identified with all but one species (Iguana delicatissima) being found to be invalid.
Using nuclear and mitochondrial DNA-sequence data to explore the phylogenic history of the green iguana, scientists from Utah Valley State College studied animals collected from 17 different countries.The topology of phylogeny indicated that the species originated in South America and eventually radiated through Central America and the Caribbean.The study revealed no unique mitochondrial DNA haplotypes for subspecific status but did indicate the deep lineage divergence between Central and South American populations.
The word iguana is derived from a Spanish form of the Taíno name for the species: iwana.In Spanish speaking countries, males of the species are referred to as gorrobo or ministro and juveniles are called iguanita or gorrobito.
The native range of the Green Iguana extends from southern Mexico to central Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia and the Caribbean; specifically Grenada, Curaçao, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Útila.They have been introduced to Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, Hawaii, and the United States Virgin Islands.
Green Iguanas are diurnal, arboreal, and are often found near water.Agile climbers, Iguana iguana can fall up to 50 feet (15 m) and land unhurt (iguanas use their hind leg claws to clasp leaves and branches to break a fall).During cold, wet weather, green iguanas prefer to stay on the ground for greater warmth.When swimming, an iguana remains submerged, letting its four legs hang limply against its side. They propel through the water with powerful tail strokes.
Because of the Green Iguana's popularity in the pet trade and as a food source in Latin America, they are listed on the CITES Appendix II, which means that while they are not an endangered species, "their trade must be controlled so as to not harm the species in the future".
Despite their name, Green Iguanas can come in different colors. In southern countries of their range, such as Peru, green iguanas appear bluish in color with bold black markings.On islands such as Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba, and Grenada, a Green Iguana's color may range from green to lavender, black, and even pink.Green Iguanas from the western region of Costa Rica are red and animals of the northern ranges, such as Mexico, appear orange. Juvenile Green Iguanas from El Salvador are often bright blue as babies, however they lose this color as they get older.


La Iguana iguana o Iguana verde o iguana comune è una specie erbivora ed arboricola di Lacertilia appartenenti al genere Iguana, native del centro e del sud America.
Ha un areale ampio, tanto da poter essere rinvenuta dal Messico al nord dell'Argentina, dal Brasile al Paraguay ed anche nelle isole dei Caraibi. Predilige le zone ricche di vegetazione, in particolare abita gli alberi che sorgono nelle vicinanze di corsi d'acqua.
Misura normalmente circa 1,5 metri, sebbene alcuni esemplari possono arrivare ad una lunghezza di circa 2 metri con un peso approssimativamente di 7 kg con punte massime di 11 kg.
Nel mese di febbraio avviene la riproduzione durante il quale la femmina depone le uova in una cavità scavata nel terreno. La maturità sessuale sopraggiunge al compimento del 23º mese sebbene vengano considerati adulti gli individui di 36 mesi.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-02-07 16:56]

Hello Luciano,
A great shot of this very stout looking Iguana. This particular one seems to be feeding pretty well. Excellent detail and attractive coloration. He seems to be posing nicely for you and is showing his best side. Very informative notes. Well done!!

salut Luciano

une superbe photo en close-up de cet iguane, excellent POV,
belle pose, très belle lumière, excellent focus netteté et détails, TFS


Hi Luciano - an excellent capture. Vivid color and great sharpness. TFS

Hi Luciano,
This guy is really pretty. Despite not having his body in the same flat plane you seem to have him or her focused beutifully right to the tail. Great light, colors and detail as well. A wonderful capture for you.

Wow, Luciano! Where did you get that monster! Seems as large as a bus! Magnifico ! Superb camera control with nicely measured depth of field and fantastic moderate light colors! I love that shot, friend Luciano! I really do!
George Veltchev

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-07 22:29]

Ji Luciano,
Splendid photo, beautiful colors and details, interesting species, TFS!

Ciao Luciano,
cattura formidabile, non so se possa essere particolarmente difficile avvicinarla e fotografarla, ma ne hai tratto una magnifica immagine con dettagli straordinari e colori brillanti, perfetta anche la composizione chiusa e la disposizione diagonale
(solo questa immagine valeva il viaggio, oltre alla vacanza naturalmente).
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-08 1:28]

Hellö Luciano.
This is a lovely capture of the iguana in a typical iguana pose. The details on the reptile are well defined and very sharp while the composition and POV is great with good proportional cropping.Best regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-02-08 2:28]

Bonjour Luciano,
Quelle bête!!Et je vois qu'elle mesure plus d'un mètre. Une photo parfaite de tous points de vue! Parfaite gestion de la lumière, une netteté presque de la tête à la queue, des couleurs fines et naturelles et une présentation plaisante. Chapeau, Luciano!
Bonne et belle journée

Wow, great shot! Excellent pose, pin sharp with fantastic detail, well done

Bonjour Luciano
Superbe photo avec un piqué extra, merci pour le partage

Hello Luciano
Great details and beautiful subject, great light and natural colors. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

Inquietante ma disponibile. Tutto perfetto: dalla profondità, al fuoco, alla nitidezza. Bellissimi colori e i toni su una superba trama grafica dalla pelle del rettilone. Luce super. Bravo Luciano!


hello Luciano
super good sharpness with great details and lovely colour
who is Orange when it is time to go after the Female,s
great shot
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-08 5:54]

Well captured portrait of this interesting iguana, good details and colors. tfs.

Buongiorno Luciano,

gran bell'animale, ricordo alle Galapagos la facilità colla quale ci si avvicinava alle iguane marine e credo qui non sia stato differente.Riempita magnificamente la foto e colori ottimi.C'è anche contatto d'occhi, che volere di più?

Buona continuazione di giornata.


Fantastic animal and fantastic photo Luciano. The composition and the POV are excellent. The colours and the lighting are wonderful. The sharpness is impressive.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-08 7:35]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent photo of this Iguana in great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Fantastic DOF and taken from a very good POV.

Beautiful individual within a sharply depicted, clear composition Luciano, a real pleasure for the eyes MF!

Ciao Luciano, lo sapevo che le Antille sarebbero state foriere di immagini spettacolari, questa ne è un esempio. Una grande immagine ricca di colore e dettagli. Un'ottima cattura. Ciao Paolo

Hi Luciano,
what an interesting animal. Amazing and incredible colours. Perfect sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,
have a nice evening.

ciao Luciano
what a nice capture of beautiful colored Iguana on sandy ground. great focus and POV/DOF. details looks very beautiful. nicely composed and framed. grazie amico mio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-08 10:12]
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Hello Luciano,
A very fine capture of this impressive large Iguana.
His features are well shown with fine sharpness and natural colours. It looks like he is used to the tourists on the beach and he looks well fed!:))
Must be great to meet him but as a consolation we can see this fine photo!
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Luciano,

I notice the pin sharp details in the iguana!
The difficult situation with harsh light is very well managed, good texture in the subject and the delicate colours are well reproduced...
A balanced composition with the subject nicely placed in the frame!

Pablo -

ouaou! very impressive, wonderful colors and sharp details, very good close up Luciano!
TFS Nasos

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-02-09 2:05]

Ciao Luciano,
An interesting reptile.!
Composition, colors, sharp detail and excellent.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-09 3:45]

Hello Luciano,
wow...what a monster here you got. The details here are really exciting. What a shot and what a close up you present here.
Very dramatic view of the iguana.


Ciao Luciano, 'mazza che mostro e che colori, ottima nitidezza, luce assassina, ma ne sei uscito fuori vivo, complimenti, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-02-09 8:25]

Ciao Luciano!
Mamma mia che impressione! Non vorrei trovarmela davanti....l'hai colta in una splendida posa e ne è uscito un bellissimo ritratto.
Dettagli al top, come sempre :)
Ciao! Vanda

Hola Luciano

Preciosa imagen de esta iguana, con una muy buena nitidez, aunque el sol te ha jugado alguna mala pasada. Preciosa.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Luciano,
What a splendid capture with excellent details, colors and sharpness.
Great composition with impressive focus and nice POV.

Hi Luciano,
Exallant picture.
good detalis.
Very well

Geia sou Luciano,
Well captured portrait of this interesting iguana, super sharpness with great details and lovely natural colour.
Filika, Giorgos

Hello Luciano,
What a great capture! I really like the pose of this iguana and colours are very interesting. Great sharp details and excellent DOF. Well done!

bonjour Luciano
superbe photo d'iguane, la netteté est incroyable, belle pose et excellent point de vue
la luminosité, le décor de sable fin, la couleur du reptile et sa queue rayée contribuent à la beauté de l'image
Passe une bonne nuit

Bonjour Luciano,

L'animal est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs de l'iguane vert. L'image est claire et nette. La lumière a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-02-11 15:58]

Very sharp image of this amazing creature, great luminosity, fine colour and successful POV-DOF.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-14 10:56]

Hello Luciano,
Sorry I'm late for this impressive capture of a great Iguana in a lovely pose. Fantastic details and beautiful colours and light. Very well done!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Very magnificent take of this Iguana, Luciano.
It's turquise colors and fine details well collected.

Hello Luciano.
You don't post many reptiles but when you have them, they are just fabulous. This one is perfected by framing and pov. Lovely details from good light management.
Kind regards.

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