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Green Iguana

Iguana iguana

Description:

The green iguana or common iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal, mostly herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean. Usually, this animal is simply called the iguana. The green iguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. They are very common throughout Puerto Rico, where they are collaquially known as "Gallina de palo" and considered as an invasive species introduced from South America. Agile climbers, Iguana iguana can fall up to 50 feet (15 m) and land unhurt (iguanas use their hind leg claws to clasp leaves and branches to break a fall). During cold, wet weather, green iguanas prefer to stay on the ground for greater warmth. When swimming, an iguana remains submerged, letting its four legs hang limply against its side. They propel through the water with powerful tail strokes Despite their name, Green Iguanas can come in different colors. In southe

Habitat:

Seen in the grounds of Mawamba National Park.

Notes:

I think this is the last of my Costa Rican spottings. Now onto something else...

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1 Comment

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Very nice. And, look forward to your "something else...."

pamsai
Spotted by
pamsai

Limón, Costa Rica

Spotted on Oct 19, 2013
Submitted on Nov 27, 2013

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