The GREEN IGUANA is a large lizard native to South and Central America.
A herbivore, it grows to about 1.50 m in length from head to tail.
No less than 17 different species have been identified, with different colours ranging from green to black or pink despite their name.
Its easy character and bright colours make it a prey for the pet commerce. The American trade has put a great demand on the Green Iguanas : 800000 specimens were imported into the US in 1995 alone.
However, they are difficult to care for because it's hard to recreate their natural habitat, way of life and diet. So, many die within 2 or 3 years of acquisition, whereas their life expectancy in the wild goes from 10 to 15 years.
When I first posted my photo 174 , I had mistaken the Green iguana and the basilisk, which I could correct thanks to UlfE who helped me put my memories back into place.
So, this time I decided to post a green iguana for comparison. Well, this is the male, which is not green. Looking at the WS of the female, one would think that's where it gets its name from, but apparently, it's because all "green iguanas" whatever colour they are, have a greenish tint to them, which you can see on this orange one.
WS1 A view of the female.
WS2 Other view of the female.
WS3 Another view of the male
WS4 View of the 2 together.
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mesutilgim (84272) 2011-10-15 10:54
Hi dear Marie Louise,
Amazing capture, good sample for the mimmicry !
Interesting and usefull notres.
TFS and best regards
pajaran (52030) 2011-10-15 11:56
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa podacima o Iguani ...
Dobar trenutak snimka zelene Iguane, lepa fotografija.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i prikaz lepim bojama.
Dobar tekst i novo saznanje o lepom gusteru.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc sa lepim vremenom, kod nas je hladan jesenji dan.
Sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Article très intéressant et utile, des informations sur l'iguane ...
Un enregistrement du temps de bons d'iguanes verts, de belles images.
Tir gravité Bon, joli contraste et un écran couleur.
Bon article et agréable de nouvelles informations sur les lézards.
Bon travail est de belles photos dans l'atelier.
Agréable soirée et une nuit calme, avec le beau temps, voici une journée d'automne froid.
Tous les meilleurs pour le week-end, heureusement.
TopGeo (38202) 2011-10-15 13:14
Hello MarieLouise! "Despite their name, Green Iguanas can come in different colors. Green Iguanas from the western region of Costa Rica are red and animals of the northern ranges, such as Mexico, appear orange." from wiki Excellent of presence series I like it,Perfect idea!Best regards
geoant68 (331) 2011-10-15 13:44
Hi Marie Louise,
the close up view of the green iguana is just superb as shot it in its natural environment.I like the light management as the different colours which have the male and female.
pablominto (53744) 2011-10-16 0:14
They are fantastic creatures, as living proofs of times long gone!
Amazing ability of survival with so many years in their history...
This is a fine presentation of this beautiful creature in its natural habitat, a lovely pose with sharp fine details!
ikeharel (57112) 2011-10-16 1:31
fabulous nature's photo, amazing verdant surroundings, and a fantastic animal in mid-picture as main subject.
danos (86623) 2011-10-16 7:37
Hello Marie Louise,
nice the view of the couple, the female and male green iguana,as we can see through your close up view of them.I like the informative note as the great number of them that imported in the USA only in 1995.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
papagolf21 (86114) 2011-10-16 8:44
Bonjour, chère Marie-Louise,
Cet iguane semble être un ancêtre préhistorique avec ses formes étonnantes, à l'instar des crocodiles et autres caïmans !
J'aime beaucoup la posture prise par la bête, en attente d'une nourriture.
Très intéressante note d'accompagnement également.
UlfE (14641) 2011-10-16 10:25
What a wonderful photo of this Green Iguana. The photo is taken very good lighting and the iguana is very sharp and stands out against the green vegetation. TFS and have a nice Sunday evening!
P.S. As regards our discussion about iguanas and the Plumed Basilisk. What is considered an iguana is for various reasons rather contentious. I believe that the expertise would say that there are two species of iguanas, Green Iguana (Iguana Iguana) and The Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima), but that there are other members of the family Iguanidae. See here and here
However, other sources reveal that other species of the family Iguanidae are also called iguanas such as Galápagos marine and land iguanas, Fijian/Tongan iguanas, West Indian rock iguanas and desert iguana.
To this end there are two different classifications of the family Iguanidae, the traditional classification and the classification presented by Frost et al. in 1989. See here
In the traditional classification the Plumed Basilisk belongs to the family Iguanidae, but in the Frost classification Corytophanidae, to which Plumed Basilisk belongs, has got status as an independent family.
The suborder of Plumed Basilisk in the Frost classification is Iguania though, i.e the suborder of Squamata (snakes and lizards) that contains the iguanas, chameleons, agamids, and "New World lizards See here
As regards your question if someone could help you to identify your specimen of Green Iguana. I would say that if there are 17 different subspecies it is quite impossible to identify from a photo to which subspecies a certain specimen of Green Iguana belongs. Not the least since I am quite sure that even within each subspecies each individual specimen looks different in colours, pattern etc.
I also believe that the reason that it is called Green Iguana is probably not that the females are green (females are not always green), but rather that many of the specimens of Green Iguana are green or greenish.
gildasjan (41582) 2011-10-16 11:33
Celui-ci se fait un peu plus remarquer mais cela ne doit pas l'empêcher de guetter sa proie.La netteté est bien là où il faut.
clic (14890) 2011-10-16 15:12
Bonjour Marie Louise
Quelle prestance sur son trône de feuillus qui lui donne des airs de roi de la jungle à cause de cette magnifique lumière qui le met en valeur.
eldancer1 (27841) 2011-10-17 13:38
Wow! Looks like this dude is huge! I think it's trying to camoflage by using green. Great capture with good details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-10-18 2:46
La photo est lumineuse et montre le détail de cette étrange créature. Une bonne photo de nature, habilement cdarée. Excellentes lumière, couleurs et netteté. bravo.
siolaw (38276) 2011-10-18 5:11
Celui ci est différent de l'autre, et se détache plus sur le fond ombragé.
Intéressante série sur ces iguanes!
wgreis (8267) 2011-10-18 16:54
Hello Marie Louise,
I really liked the details of the lizard skin. You did a beautiful "close up", stressing the animal. By the way, I never saw an iguana before.
It is indeed a very curious animal.
Congratulations, big hug and thanks for sharing.
Waylim (25344) 2011-10-18 23:27
Wow, what a nice catch of this amazing looking species of lizard, if it is any large in size it would really scare me. It's like a mini godzilla :) I love thee warm green and orange tone that make him stand out very well in the rich tropical vegetation. Good details and you have him perfectly in the right place for a good composition. I can almost feel its rough texture of its skin.
fabianoleite (9551) 2011-10-19 15:50
Great close up of the iguana, with very nice details, well surrounded by a lush green environment. Very good work, congratulations!
gunbud (34066) 2011-10-20 19:16
I'll wager he thinks he is invisible here even though I belive he is confident in his handsome profile.
Great shot with lovely varying shades of green and sharp details to his spiked mane.
subhendu_bagchi (25723) 2011-10-28 1:35
a superb capture of this wild life. The Iguana is looking nice with its colour and contrasting nicely with the green surroundings. Great depth and sharpness. A superb shot. Tfs.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-10-29 10:59
Cet iguane est très impressionnant et c'est dommage que cette espèce ne soit pas mieux protégée.
J'aime les trois photos qui se complètent bien pour la connaissance de cet animal.
Silvio1953 (122099) 2011-11-04 13:24
Ciao Maria Luisa, gran bella cattura dello splendido Iguana, ottima nitidezza e magnifici colori naturali, brava, buon week end, ciao Silvio
s_lush (16134) 2011-11-06 14:43
You have made a colorful, high-quality and very informative portrait of this beautiful creature. Along with the comprehensive note and additional photos in the workshop, this picture gives a very good idea about these tropical animals. Perfectly good reportage from the Costa Rican rainforest!
Angshu (55641) 2011-11-19 21:46
Bonjour Marie Louise
One of the workshop posts does give an idea why its called 'Green' Iguana! Otherwise as far as I know this is their natural colour. The creature has been framed well with the foliage. Clarity & sharpness is good to provide a natural feel. Well done & a fine informative note