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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Costa Rica
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Reptiles - Iguanas 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-14 3:28
Viewed: 6510
Points: 9
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is for Pieter, who wanted to see the whole tail.
This iguana was basking in the sun on the side of a trail at La Selva with the other iguana. They were both about 2 meters long (with tail).

Green Iguana
Iguana 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. The tail is green color with 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.

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 permanent damage. Green iguana skin is very water resistant, and is tough to avoid cuts and scratches. The coloring of the skin helps camouflage the green iguana, but if detected, however, they can escape quickly by diving from trees into water. They 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 impress 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.

Reproductive Cycle and Family Habits:
Green iguanas tend to live alone, but may be seen in groups occasionally in good sunny basking spots. Iguanas lay many eggs at a time (about 50) in burrows. They also dig pretend-burrows to confuse any animals that may be looking for eggs to eat. After female iguanas lay the eggs, they leave them and do not return. When iguana babies hatch, they grow up without care from their parents. Green iguanas lay many eggs, but only 3-10 babies actually survive to be adults. It takes green iguana eggs about 8-10 weeks to hatch. Baby iguanas take about 2 years to become mature adults.

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.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-14 3:53]
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Hello Manyee! :)

Thank you very much for devoting this picture to me! I am really honoured. :) This is a great photo, with sharp details and lovely colors. Very good pose, excellent composition and very well exposed. Good POV & DOF. Not a single nit this time. Well done & TFS!


Ps-Thanks again! :)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-14 6:04]

Wonderful shot Manyee!
DOF,details,colors and lighting are perfect.Very well done!TFS....:-)

Another good capture of this Iguana Manyee.
Good detail, colours and composition. Thanks for posting

Nice iguana female.
Good composition except fo rthe bright leaves in the FG.
I guess the pose could be better if the head is not facing away from the camera. Still a good, sharp, well-exposed photo though.

Manyee, what a great image! And I do think this one, showing the whole animal, is much the better of the two iguana pics.
I have taken the liberty of a brief workshop, simply to crop the image tightly for balance. Hope you don't mind :)
Sheldon (shel)

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