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Iguana Verde - Are you talking to me? (244)
JoseMiguel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
This picture was taken last week end in Parque del Este, Caracas, Venezuela. It was early in the afternoon and brilliant sun.

I was so patiently waiting for some birds, and suddenly appear this juvenile green iguana, that moved so slow, and then it began to climb to the nearest tree, I figured out for take sun at the top of the branches.
So I followed its slow climb, and it let me take several shoots, so I must say it was very cooperative!

Handheld with IS, crop, noise reduction, sharpen, and resized for TN.

You can see a the whole iguana as a workshop here

Iguana Verde or Green Iguana
Iguanas are lizards native to tropical areas of Central and South America and the Caribbean. Genus iguana includes the Green Iguana, commonly kept as a pet, and the Lesser Antillean Iguana.

Physical Appearance: Full-grown green iguanas are usually between four and six feet, although they have been known to grow up to seven feet long. This includes the tail, however, which can make up about half the body length and, in addition to its green color, has black stripes. Green iguanas, not surprisingly, are green in color, but can be found in many different shade ranging from bright green, to a dull, grayish-green. Their skin is rough, with a set of pointy scales along the iguana's back. Green iguanas have long fingers and claws to help them climb and grasp.

Adaptations: Besides the long fingers and claws mentioned above, green iguanas have many excellent interesting adaptations. Green iguanas have good senses of hearing and smell, and superb vision. Their long tail is also quite sharp, and is snapped in the air as a defense mechanism. The tail can also break off if caught by a predator, but grows back without permanant damage. Green iguana skin is very water resistant, and tough to avoid cuts and scratches. The coloring of the skin helps camoulflage the green iguana, which means that they blend in easily to their surroundings to remain undetected by predators. If they are etected however, and need to escape quickly, these iguanas can dive from trees into water, and swim well. Green iguanas are quite sturdy-- they can fall 40-50 feet to the ground without getting hurt! Male green iguanas have a special flap of skin called the dewlap. Male iguanas can raise their dewlap to appear bigger than they really are, either to intimidate predators, or to impressive females. Both male and female green iguanas can store fat under their jaws and in their necks for times when there is not much food available.

Behaviour: Iguanas are diurnal, meaning that they are awake during the day. They are also cold-blooded, which means they do not produce their own body heat. In other words, if it is cold, the iguana is cold too. So to stay warm, green iguanas bask in the sun, lying on warm rocks as they soak up the sun's heat.

Diet: Green iguanas are omnivorous, so they eat both plants and meat. They tend to eat mostly plants, though, especially leaves and fruits. Sometimes green iguanas (especially young ones) will eat eggs, insects, and small vertebrates.

Threats to Survival: Like many trpoical species, the green iguana is also threatened by habitat destruction. The green iguana is also a victim of the pet industry. Many people in the United States and elsewhere want a green iguana for a pet, so there is a big demand for their capture. Although many pet iguanas are now being raised on iguana farms, capture from the wild has lowered their numbers. In addition, some local populations of South America hunt the green iguana for food.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Iguanidae
Genus: Iguana
Species: Green Iguana, I. iguana


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JoseMiguel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Edited by:JoseMiguel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)

The whole Green Iguana