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Iguana Iguana 1

Iguana Iguana 1
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Copyright: Ricardo Tames Vargas (RII) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-24
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma DG 17-70 mm f 2.8-4.5 Macro 1:2.5, Kenko Skylight 1-A
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-59 points Chapter 7, Reptiles - Iguanas 1, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-25 11:41
Viewed: 9087
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Iguana Iguana

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family : Iguanidae
Scientific Name: Iguana iguana (Linnaeus), 1758
Common Name : Iguana Green

Diagnostic description: The adult males can reach up to 400 mm. The females tend to be smaller, can reach a length of up to 300 mm. The tail is very long, can laterally get to be up to three times the length of the rest of the body and something compressed. The head is narrow and deep, the snout is cleared dorsally and truncated laterally. The eyes are moderately great, the pupils are elliptical and vertical. The extremities are robust and strong, finished in long digits with also long nails. The membrane to gular, is much more conspicuous in the males and has triangular grudges in the edge, which gives a sawed aspect him. There is a row of high and narrow vertebrales grudges, that begins in the head and continues by the trunk and tail. The dorsal grudges small, are juxtaposed, quilladas and greater than the lateral ones. The ventral ones smooth, are overlapped and greater than the ridges. The dorsal surface of the extremities is covered by overlapping grudges and quilladas, whereas in ventral the grudges they are smooth. The dorsal surface of the head is covered by enlarged plates and symmetrically fixed. It has a very conspicuous circular plate to each side of the head, underneath the eardrum (characteristic that distinguishes to this species of any other). It has of 18 to 20 femoral pores that are greater in the males. Iguanas green changes of color as grows and grows as age. The young people are green brilliant, whereas the mature individuals are gray verduzco, bronzed and until coffees. The males tend to change to an orange green color with a series of vertical bars to each side of the body. The tail shows clear and dark alternate bands. The extremities are green anarajadas as well as the belly.

Distribution: From Sinaloa and Veracruz (Mexico) to the tropical region of South America, and in many islands of the Caribbean.

Habitat: These diurnal small lizards are generally associate with rivers and Lagos. The adults settle conspicuously in the branches of the trees that are on the water, to jump within this one, in case some threat appears. This happens in different zones from life that go from the tropical dry forest, until the very humid tropical one.

Reproduction: Iguanas green is oviparous and is perhaps the most prolific species of all the small lizards of America. The average of eggs by brood is of 40,6. The number of eggs by nest varies from 9 to 71, positively being correlated with the size of the female. The nest consists of a horizontal cave of up to 2 meters in length and a 50 centimeters of depth that locate mainly in sandy banks in the creeks of the rivers.

Feeding: It is an herbivorous species. Its diet includes a great variety of tender leaves of different species from trees and lianas of the forest.

Relations: The young people are imprisoned of many predators like serpents, birds, mammals and other small lizards.

Uses: In some parts of the country its meat is consumed; as a result of it, in numerous areas this species is threatened. Its skin is used in the preparation of delicate pieces of personal use, like shoes, wallets, purses, etc.

This photograph is dedicated to Marhowie, in gratefulness by its advice time and lessons. Is my first picture with my new camera canon 40d.

jrobertop, JoseMiguel, sandpiper2, gracious, eqshannon, Miss_Piggy, pablominto, marhowie, saguzar, siggi, oscarromulus, ramthakur, lovenature, hester, xTauruSx, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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very excellent.

terrific animal ! good close portrait, and fine crop

Hi Ricardo.
Which spectacular photograph!
Excellent sharpness and colors.
Interesting perspective.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Best wishes,
José Roberto

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-08-25 23:19]

Quelle structure de peau remarquable !
Bonne journée.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-25 23:52]

Hello Ricardo,
From the last weeks I had a lot of photos to work off. This one I enjoy very well. What a beautiful portret in an excellent exposure. Very good quality!
Kind regards,

Hola Ricardo,
Que gusto encontrar por acá a otro latinoamericano, la representación es muy escasa!
Muy bueno el acercamiento, pleno de finos detalles de esa increíble textura en la piel del animal.
Me gusta también la forma en que llenaste el cuadro. Quizás un poco mas de espacio entre el borde superior y la espuela sobre la nariz le sentaría bien.
Muy buen trabajo y gracias por compartirlo.

Great shot with excellent details. The sharply focused scales and orange eye look wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Richardo

Yes, brings back memories of these guys in Costa Rica, impressive lizards. You have done really well to illustrate this profile of a male's head. Magnificient. Excellent sharpness and composition,


Hi Ricardo,
This is an amazing portrait of a very particular model! Congratulations on your new camera, you are going to like it a lot! Details, exposure, colors and composition are amazing. It is also a nice dedication! I have learned many, many things from Howard too! Greetings,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-26 10:03]

Hi Ricardo,
Outstanding profile shot of this great looking Iguana with amazing sharpness and clarity. The details on the scales and the calm eyes look wonderful. Lovely colours and the lighting is so pleasant. A great dedication too to one of our most revered members. Thanks for sharing this nice image.

Hola Ricardo,
Como esta usted!
Tengo el gusto de conocer a Ud!
Thank you so much for this wonderful sharing of a superb macro image of Iguana!
the image is in top quality of sharpness, wonderful colour and with every single details of the subject
very well done
muchas gracias
Saludos su familia

Let me thank you for your visit to my gallery. You are an old timer here on TN...and I appreciate your words as honest...

This of course, your photo, is what makes old timers among the best. You know your camera. You know your territory and you know how to combine those talents into an image of superb quality. I have seen many of yours. Time only allows so much as you well know...but this is super and I thank you in two directions!

Hello Ricardo,

This is a lovely iguana portrait!
Amazing details with great sharpness, and the colours are well reproduced in this fine close-up...
I like the composition with the tight framing to show the details!

Pablo -

Hallo Ricardo
I do not have much knowledge about reptiles like snakes, lizards and iguana's and because of that I prefer not to give my comments on these kinds of postings. I can however not let this beauty pass without me adding my little comment for what it is worth. A well composed image with good and clear details. I especially find the eyes very captivating in this image, and the texture of the skin is striking. The colour of your background emphasise the detail of the Iguana even more, especially the clarity of the scales. A splendid portrait indeed. Trek Nature is indeed a very motivating and most educational site. Not a day will pass that I don't see or learn something new. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards

Super details Ricardo,
I see excellent POV, colors, and exposure also.. I like the closely framed profile comp, great BG too. Now that you have the 40D, they come out with the 50D with 50% more MP. I guess the upside will be the price drop in the 40D. They advance the technology so fast one can't keep up ;}
Well done!

Hola Ricardo,
Te felicito por tu nueva adquisición y por el tremendamente buen retrato que te mandaste de la iguana, se ve con perfectos detalles y nitidez. Espero que nos sigas asombrando.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-29 0:46]

Hello Ricardo,
a wonderful portrait, very detailed and excellent colors. Nice POV and great sharpness. Well composed.

Hi Ricardo, fantastic portrait with amazing details, lovely dedication to our great friend Howard, excellent sharpness an splendid colors, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-30 7:05]

Hello Ricardo! Very nice portrait of the Iguana, great details and a very good exposure, thanks!


Man oh man, RICARDO.
Such fine DETAILS!!!
Excellent presentation.
Love your work.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-31 5:10]

merhaba Ricardo
wonderful iguana portrait photo
POV, BG, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-09-01 4:46]

Hi Ricardo,

Great portrait picture of this Iguana.
Great color, DOF, sharpness and background.


Dear Ricardo,
Thanks a lot for your kind critique on my butterfly picture. I apologize for my delayed reciprocation. Work is keeping me too busy.
Your Iguana image is perfect in every respect. The sharpness and details are amazing and so are the natural colors.
Thanks for sharing this gem of a picture and best regards.

Hi Ricardo
Your Iguana portrait is fantastic! Super sharp detail and colour. National Geographic quality for sure. Excellent note.
TFS Janice

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-19 11:52]

Wow Ricardo

This is a beauty, it is amazing all the colours in the scales of the skin. Beautifully detailed and it is a well framed shot. Lovely POV and the DOF looks spot on



Hello Ricardo, beautiful portrait of this iguana. Details are great. TFS.

Tienes una galeria de excepcionales imagenes como ésta....saludos

Hola Ricardo.

Ezpectacular macro, como un viaje al pasado.


Hi Ricardo,
very impressing close-up portrait of Iguana. I really enjoy the rich details, deep earthy colours, the strict and clear composition, the frame filling powerful presentation.
Thank you!
With best regards,

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