Awesome detail of this stunning wild Iguana which I captured in my visit Cuba !

Iguana is a genus of lizard native to tropical areas of Central and South America and the Caribbean. The genus was first described by Austrian naturalist Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti in his book Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena in 1768. The genus Iguana includes two species: the Green Iguana, which is widespread throughout its range and a popular pet, and the Lesser Antillean Iguana, which is endemic to the Lesser Antilles and endangered due to habitat destruction.

The two species of lizard within the genus Iguana possess a dewlap, a row of spines running down their back to their tail, and a third “eye” on their head. This eye is known as the parietal eye, visible as a pale scale on the top of the head. Behind their neck are small scales which resemble spikes, known as tuberculate scales. These scales may be a variety of colors and are not always visible from close distances. They have a large round scale on their cheek known as a subtympanic shield.

Iguanas have excellent vision and are able to see shapes, shadows, colors, and movement at long distances. Iguanas use their eyes to navigate through crowded forests, as well as for finding food. They use visual signals to communicate with other members of the same species.

The tympanum is the iguana’s ear drum, and is located right above the subtympanic shield and behind the eye. Iguanas are often hard to spot, as they tend to blend into their surroundings. The color green helps as a mode of hiding from larger predators.

Male iguanas have, as well as other male members of the order Squamata, two hemipenes.

Part of the Cuban experience… (-:

Comments

  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeover 6 years ago

    Aw this is just superb, what a beautiful face he has, such understanding in those eyes, what intelligence…lovely Jon, I think this is outstanding, you shot a masterpiece here mate..

  • KMorral
    KMorralover 6 years ago

    Great shot! Lovely focus.

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 6 years ago

    great shot brilliant

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 6 years ago

    awesome!

  • Myke Clarkson
    Myke Clarksonover 6 years ago

    Well Done, Nice Capture.

  • TrEaSuReDiMaGeS
    TrEaSuReDiMaGeSover 6 years ago

    Stunning shot….. amazing detail and I love the lighting!! :-))

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

  • Matt Roberts
    Matt Robertsabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Matt for the brilliant feature in this superb group !! …… :)

    – jdmphotography

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

  • Thank you once more for this wonderful feature I miss Cuba so much I will some day return ! ……. :)

    – jdmphotography

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