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Photo of the Day: The Green Iguana

San Antonio Riverwalk

The Green Iguana or Common Iguana on a Reef in Key West, Florida

We found this large iguana on the rocks surrounding the island of Key West. Although it looks like it belongs there, Iguanas are non-native to the area and have become an invasive species.

The Green Iguana or Common Iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana native to Central and South America. The green iguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay to as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands; and in the United States as feral populations in South Florida (including the Florida Keys), Hawaii, and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. – Wikipedia

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Calogero says:

Nice iguana in the photo :-).

Alida Thorpe says:

Nice shot of the iguana.
I spent my first winter in Florida and loved it. As a New Yorker, I wondered why I hadn’t been every winter.

Jason says:

I completely agree. Now I understand the snowbird thing.

Love the colors and composition! What camera/lens do you use?

Jason says:

Canon Rebel, 18-200mm. The lizard was in the right place at the right time just for us.

Iguanas are such awesome animals, and this one looks particularly cool. Those red feet are awesome.

Pete says:

Great shot, really cool stripes and the reddish feet really stand out. I didn’t think that they were native to the area.

Jason says:

It was pretty cool to see. We were blocked by a beach fence, but luckily we have our new 200mm lens. It worked out well.

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