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Christmas Iguana
18-NOV-2012 Dick Keely

Christmas Iguana

Española Island, Galapagos Islands

A. c. venustissimus Eibl-Eibesfeldt. The marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) is an iguana found only on the Galápagos Islands that has the ability, unique among modern lizards, to live and forage in the sea, making it a marine reptile. The iguana can dive over 30 ft (10 m) into the water. It has spread to all the islands in the archipelago, and is sometimes called the Galápagos marine iguana. It mainly lives on the rocky Galápagos shore, but can also be spotted in marshes and mangrove beaches. Marine iguanas show their color as they mature – the young are black, while adults range from red and black, to black, green, red and grey, depending on the island, with Española marine iguanas being the most colorful of all, and earning them the nickname “Christmas Iguanas.” Reference: Wikipedia, http://www.galapagos.org/about_galapagos/reptiles/


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MummaDragon29-Mar-2013 16:09
And yet I was told that the pink iguanas only lived around Wolf Volcano on Isabella Island. Surprising. Wish I had seen one.
skhin16-Jan-2013 11:32
Wow! Great but not for a Christmas present! Nice shot
Frank Landerville18-Dec-2012 18:26
Nice capture. I love these guys. Seeing them in person a couple years ago was a real treat.
Konrad Busslinger11-Dec-2012 19:30
Great capture there. Is it HDR?
Santi Bravo Figueras01-Dec-2012 07:25
Wonderful capture.
soulis30-Nov-2012 22:58
Splendid find and image! V.
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