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iguana photo
This week's Photo Friday challenge is "Skin". Here's a skin shot of an iguana downing a hibiscus flower at the Westin Resort in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. See more St. John photos.

Posted April 11, 2003 07:42 AM

wow... thats a scary lookin thing.. is it in the wild?

Posted by: pete on April 11, 2003 10:42 AM

Great image!

Posted by: teeta on April 11, 2003 06:48 PM

well, the iguanas aren't domesticated, but they're not really wild either.

they wander loose around caribbean islands, so in that sense they're wild. but there's a group that lives within the (highly domesticated) westin resort on st. john. you can hold out hibiscus flowers there and the iguanas will eat them right out of your hand. i have a few shots of us feeding them in the 'westin resort' section of the st. john photos, starting with this one.

they look pretty fierce, but actually they're herbivores. they don't even have teeth!

Posted by: dave on April 11, 2003 10:42 PM

Incredible detail on the lizard's skin. It almost looks like chain mail from the middle ages.

Posted by: Juli on April 15, 2003 01:09 AM