Thursday, January 7, 2010

A baby iguana finds some shade

When it is sunny and hot, even a baby iguana finds some shade. I took this photo on the short path between our Langosta condo and the ocean. I used to confuse baby iguanas with geckos, but my younger son taught me the difference.

If they have claws and are out during the day, they are likely baby iguanas. If they have toes that are round pads and are out at night, they are geckos.

Iguanas use their claws to climb trees, where they spend most of their time. We see geckos in the evening. Often a small gecko will climb the outside wall of the condo building and hang upside down on the ceiling of our balcony. The round pads for toes are not suction devices. They have tiny hooks under the pads that enable them to hang upside down.

On our travel photo site, Viva la Voyage, we are showing some photos of what we think is the world's most artistic and impressive cemetery, Recoleta, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Come to the website for a visit.

8 comments:

Rambling Round said...

Good shade and good camouflage.

Sharon said...

This is a cute little guy!

brattcat said...

The two must have a lot of genetic similarities despite the differences your son so capably enumerated.

Jarart said...

The baby is so cute. It's hard to believe it will grow up to be huge and look like a dragon.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

such a tiny cute creature. it is hard to believe that the little green guy will grown into a large prehistoric looking critter

glenda said...

He is lucky to be in Costa Rica where there is plenty of shade.

Rob and Mandy said...

A friend of mine has 5 pet iguanas, big ones. Do people keep them as pets in Costa Rica as well?

Glennis said...

This wee baby looks very cute hiding among the leaves.

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