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Green Iguana

Iguana iguana


The Green Iguana or Common Iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean. The green iguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands especially in Puerto Rico where they are also known as "Gallina de palo" and they are very common throughout the island and often eaten; and in the United States as feral populations in South Florida (including the Florida Keys), Hawaii, and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. A herbivore, it has adapted significantly with regard to locomotion and osmoregulation as a result of its diet. It grows to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) in length from head to tail, although a few specimens have grown more than 2 metres (6.6 ft) with bodyweights upward of 20 pounds (9.1 kg). Commonly found in captivity as a pet due to its calm disposition and bright colors, it can be demanding to care for properly. Space requirements and the need for special lighting and heat can prove challenging to an amateur hobbyist. (Description from Wikipedia)

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25 Comments (1–25)

patty 9 years ago

Congratulations Michael it is a beautiful iguana and a lovely picture; the brightness and clearness of its skin's details are quite amazing. =)

harsuame 9 years ago


Wonderful spotting and image....Congratulations !

alicelongmartin 9 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Fantastic shot! Congratulations!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Beautiful Iguana. Congratulations Michael.

ToshimiDowaki 9 years ago

Fantastic SOTD!

WayneWilkins 9 years ago

Great shot! So clear and sharp which show great details.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations Michael! -great shot..

Congratulations Michael!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations !!

MichaelLohr 9 years ago

Thanks everyone! I'm excited to be chosen for the SOTD!

KarenL 9 years ago

Great portrait! Congratulations Michael!

Atul 9 years ago

superb SOTD ...congratulations!!!!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

What a fantastic photo and animal. Congratulations! You certainly deserve SOTD!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Wow..! This is looking like a dinosaur..!! Congrats on the SOTD..:-)

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

great details! congratulations on your SOTD..!

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 9 years ago


peter 9 years ago

Congrats Michael, your photo was chosen as spotting of the day!

"The incredible Green Iguana in today's spotting of the day was recently spotted in the tropical rainforests of northern Guatemala. Did you know Green Iguanas are vegetarians? As herbivores, they eat mostly the leaves of plants. On occasion they will eat the flowers, stems, or fruit on the plant."


Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

superb! love!

Kei Heyns
Kei Heyns 9 years ago

I'd say, superb shot. SOTY perhaps!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow fantastic extraordinary shot!

Kei Heyns
Kei Heyns 9 years ago


patty 9 years ago

I agree with williefromwi, who was first =)

williefromwi 9 years ago

Let me be the first to say, this is one very sharp and beautiful capture

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Petén, Guatemala

Spotted on Jun 24, 2012
Submitted on Jun 24, 2012

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