Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Green iguana profile

Here is a photo of the profile of a green iguana. I am showing this today to complement yesterday's photo of the straight on view of the iguanas face and chin.

Today's and yesterday's photo show the three most distinctive features of green iguanas (besides their color). Yesterday showed the dewlap hanging down from their chin. Today you can see the large round scale hear their jaw and the crest with long, sickle-shaped scales that run down their spine.

They often stay very still. They usually do not move very fast unless they are alarmed. My wildlife guide book says that the fastest that they move is when they bury the eggs a female has just laid. That makes sense. Exposed eggs would be vulnerable to lots of birds or other creatures.

We are showing photos of the architecture of London this week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

8 comments:

Kate said...

This iguana was very cooperative! Never noticed that round scale; wonder what it's purpose might be? I'll have to watch for it, but the only ones I've seen in México scurry away in haste.

Sharon said...

I love the way they post for you!

glenda said...

He is pretty spectacular looking!

Margaret said...

His (her) color perfectly matches the background.

Lois said...

He does seem to be posing for your camera!

Jacob said...

Beautiful photo! I can't get that close. The ones in South Florida run like the wind if you come near them!

Irina said...

I would like to try on this dress.

Jack said...

Maybe he thinks that if he stands really still, you won't notice him. Not likely . . .

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