Beautiful iguana closeup, sunning in the mangroves
Took this in the mangrove river behind San Pedro. Iguanosaurus.
I'm not a Dragonologists but this is a male and in his breeding colors.
It has unique sophisticated sensory mechanisms.
One is In it's mouth that picks up molecules from the air. This organ can identify dangers or prospective meals.
Even stranger is the third eye, an actual transparent membrane in the back of its head connected to the parietal area of it's brain. It's function is keeping watch for threats from the sky such as Hawks or other flying predators. It's not an eye like we have or it has in front. It's crude, but it sees and reports images to the brain.
They have a serious need to warm themselves in the afternoon sun so he hangs out on the West side of the mangroves to absorb all the heat he can before the coolness of the night threatens his well-being. They are known to fall from the trees when the temperature drops below 70 f.
Photograph by Elbert Greer
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