Green Iguana Sunning at Enchanted Forest Park
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – ENCHANTED FOREST PARK, FL
This photograph is of a Green Iguana (also known as the Common Iguana) sunning itself on a log beside a stream at Enchanted Forest Park, located on NE135th Street in North Miami, Florida. The camera gear used to capture this Green Iguana is a Nikon D90 attached to a Nikkor 60mm 2.8 lens.
The Green Iguana or Common Iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean. The green iguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands especially in Puerto Rico where they are also known as “Gallina de palo” and they are very common throughout the island and often eaten; and in the United States as feral populations in South Florida (including the Florida Keys), Hawaii, and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
A herbivore, it has adapted significantly with regard to locomotion and osmoregulation as a result of its diet. It grows to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) in length from head to tail, although a few specimens have grown more than 2 metres (6.6 ft) with bodyweights upward of 20 pounds (9.1 kg).
Commonly found in captivity as a pet due to its calm disposition and bright colors, it can be demanding to care for properly. Space requirements and the need for special lighting and heat can prove challenging to an amateur hobbyist.