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Green iguana

Green iguana
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-24
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Iguanas 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-01 7:49
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I photographied that male green iguana during my last vacations in Venezuela (February 2007) where I visited for the first time that great country!

The green iguana is the unique iguana climbing trees...

We saw sometimes that fellow during my 14 days stay and that time I got my camera with me :-)

Any comments???

Thank you,


In the wild, most disputes between iguanas take place over basking sites. There is usually adequate food for these herbivorous lizards, but good perches are limited. Basking is important for increasing body temperature and aiding digestion.

During the breeding season, males become territorial and display head bobbing, dewlap extension, and color changes. They will bite at each other. Injuries in the wild are rare, as there is ample space for males to retreat when threatened. However, in captivity where space is limited, injuries are more common. Females may also display some of these behaviors when nesting sites are limited.

Green iguanas may travel considerable distances in several cases. Females migrate to the same nesting site for several years in a row, then travel back to their home territory once their eggs are laid. Hatchlings may disperse over large distances as well (Alberts et. al., 2004).

When frightened, an iguana will usually freeze or hide. If caught, twisting and rotating around or tail whipping may occur. Like many other lizards, iguanas can autotomatize, or drop of part of their tail. This gives them a chance to escape before their predator figures out what is going on. A new tail will sprout from the autotomatized spot and regrow with in a year, though not to the length it was before.

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Beautiful shot
Crisp clear. Great composition.
The background is a masterpiece: Properly defocused, and using same black green and brown as the iguana. This ends up in a beautiful result.

Impressionnant lézard bien cadré...et quelle carapaca !
Bonne journée.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-01 8:07]

Hi Michel

Splendid capture of this magnificent green iguana in its natural habitat - the trees!
The POV here is exceptional and it also gave you a brilliant BG.
Because of your spot-on exposure management, all the colors and tones everywhere came out superbly and well saturated, too.
Good details and DOF, as well.
All-in-all: a very beautiful composition!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Michel,
a very fine picture of this well camouflage iguana.
Lovely colours and light and very good details.
I like the pose and the POV.
Great work.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-05-01 9:59]
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Hi Michel

With the green patches all over this iguana and the green vegetation of the tree it almost seems like this guy could qualify as a chameleon, but as you say in your notes, this guy is in its home turf.

The composition is just splendid, the colours are vibrant, and the details are very sharp and well defined. The DOF was perfectly chosen to isolate the reptile and the direct surrounding foliage from those in the BG while rendering it totally OOF and giving it a great 3D effect. The exposure was also perfectly managed to provide amazing contrasts.

Very well done MF and TFS.

Bonjour Michel,
This is a great capture of this iguana taken on an even better country!!! :-)
I'm impressed with the exposure here, seen only a very few times: it's perfect!
The background is just remarkable, with all that different green tones, and the beauty blue sky at back...none OE areas there. Do you have the exif data, or remember what mettering option used on this shot?
And of course the iguana is so sharp and focused, details on their skin are pretty good ones, the illumination all over was excellent.
A remarkable picture!
Felicitacions et merci du partager.
Mes amities,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-01 11:37]

Hi Michel,
Excellent portrait of the grumpy iguana with interesting eye contact. Composition is really nice with the green leaves protruding from all ends. Well done. Regards,

Nice composition of this photo. The focus of the lizard is sharp as well as the close branches.

Hmm, i love the details on that lizard and the surrounding shows that it loves trees. I liked thge POV, colors and details.

Hi dear Michel ,
excellent details with vivid colours.
great sharpness and well composed.
this is wonderful shot.
thanks for sharing

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-02 11:34]

Hello Michel,
Excellent close shot of the green Iguana. Great sharpness and colours and I love the surrounding leaves! We've seen one of these giants on the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad some years back. A most impressive sight.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-02 12:14]

Hi Michel,

This is amazing! Should be an illustration in a book. I never saw an iguana in such detail. Fantastic colors. Outstanding composition. I love it!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-13 11:40]

Hi Michel.
I was out of Internet few days including May, 1st and have missed you excellent picture. It is really amazing: great subject, perfect composition, terrific combination of lovely colours (green and blue), outstanding sharpness and details of the main subject and nicely blurred a bit BG. Superb done. My congratulations.

Hi Michel,

Fantastic picture of this iguana.
I like the leaves framing the picture. Well done.


J'aime beaucoup cette prise de vue, la composition, les détails et les couleurs Michel. C'est un très beau portrait de cet animal étrange. L'environnement est superbe aussi. Bravo!

Hello Michel,
Thanks for sharing this truly well composed image.
Excellent light in the photo. Very good sharpness.
Well done

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