Amazing Nature Contest: my ultimate iguana photo collection

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Hi there my Steemian friends and followers!

I am excited to submit my third entry to the Amazing Nature Contest hosted by @adalger today.

In my first two entries, I submitted close up photos of insects that actually received a very nice response from the host and from other competitors (thank you for that!) but for this round, I prepared something else :) I can even say something special because iguanas are very special animals to me and this post will be dedicated to them exclusively.

Those of you who have been following me for at least a year probably know it but I have some new Steemians checking my blog too so let me repeat how I got in love with iguanas.

I lived in Mexico´s Yucatan Peninsula for almost two years and this place is famous (among other things of course) for a remarkably abundant population of iguanas. You can find these super chilled reptiles literally everywhere in there - on the cliffs and beaches, on the ancient Mayan ruins, on walls along the streets, on concrete playgrounds, outdoor gyms and parking lots, in trees and bushes and the list goes on... The iguanas are really omnipresent in this part of Mexico and it´s just impossible to ignore them.

I am known to be a huge animal lover and I am really excited to observe wild creatures in their natural environment so being surrounded by hundreds of these cool fellas was an unforgettable experience for me. When I was a kid, I was obsessed with dinosaurs and I think it might have also been because of the iguanas´ undisputed resemblance to the giant prehistoric beasts that I totally fell in love with them during my time in Mexico.

Without further ado, let me now show you a photo collection that includes 25 shots of iguanas taken by me at various places in Mexico´s Yucatan Peninsula. Some of the photos have already been featured in my previous posts here on Steem but there are also many that haven´t been published anywhere yet.


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I hope you enjoyed those photos. Let me just add that all the iguanas captured in my photos are specimens of the Black Spiny Tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura Similis). Native to Central America, this species is known to be the fastest running lizard in the world with the highest sprint speed recorded at incredible 34.6 km/h (21.5 mph). It is also one of the largest iguana species with males reaching up to 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in) in length. In spite of their terrifying appearance, however, these guys are completely harmless to humans (unless provoked) as they are mostly herbivorous. Some of them were actually so cool and laid back that I could hand feed them. I used to give them hibiscus leaves, which must be one of their favorite meals :)

Thanks for hosting the Amazing Nature Contest, @adalger! It was my pleasure to join this round.


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Thank you so much guys :) Wow, Steem Biodiversity Project? I need to check it out, sounds like something I will love.

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Že jsou nádherní? :) Takoví malí dráčci :) No teda malí... někteří měli i kolem jednoho metru :D Jo to my se samozřejmě ze začátku lekali taky, než jsme si na ně zvykli :D

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JJ, jsou krásní. Přesně, mi vždy připomínali draky. Pane jo, to bych si taky asi nějakou chvíli zvykal. :))

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No they are not. It´s mentioned in the post ;)

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I did not read. I was just watching pictures

That is an amazing compilation ;) .. I noticed that they all like to pose in the same way, hehe .. Is the Black Spiny Tailed Iguana the most spread specimen in Mexico ? That speed that they can achieve is incredible, its much faster than the average human runner !! I never thought this is possible for such a huge lizard ^^

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Thanks man :) Yeah, they tend to stay in the "I am the boss here" pose :D

Well, I am not sure about the other parts of Mexico but in Yucatan, this species is definitely the most common one. There is also the Green Iguana but we only saw them a few times.

Wow,these are amazing! Love the peeking iguana shots! 👍👍

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Thanks mate! I hoped you would notice this post as I know how big fan of reptiles you are :))

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Yeah, glad I didnt missed this one!!

Doufám, že ještěrky budou mít více štěstí než brouk :-)

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Uvidíme :) Ale já jsem spokojen už teď, tolik pozitivních ohlasů jsem ani nečekal :)

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Děláš krásné snímky, tak se není čemu divit :-)
A ty ohlasy jsou mnohdy cennější, než výhra v soutěži, protože vstupuješ do podvědomí mnoha lidem, což je základ úspěchu pro další články na jakékoli téma :-D

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To máš pravdu :) Jsem rád, že moje články lidi čtou a že se pod nimi většinou i celkem živě diskutuje... V tomto případě ale samozřejmě potěšil i nebývalý zájem ze strany různých kurátorských skupin. Je to vždy taková příjemná satisfakce a zároveň motivace do další práce :)

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To je to, oč tu běží :-)

There are similar types of iguanas in various places where you lived in Mexico previous time. Iguana is a amazing and very special animal species as I observed. Also very similar type of animal to dinosaurs. These iguanas increasing nature's beauty. I totally love to your photo clicks. Thanks for sharing it to steem community.

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Thanks for this nice feedback my friend. I am glad you enjoyed the photos. Iguanas are only native to Central and South America but I am sure you have some amazing lizards in Sri Lanka too :)

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Yeah sure. Here in Sri Lanka only living lizards. I only discovered iguanas from animal planet.

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Very good photos! Have you been to the Galapagos Islands? It is full of iguanas everywhere! hehehe

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Thanks! No, I haven´t been there but I would love to go as I know the Galapagos are the only place where the marine iguanas live :) They are suc fascinating creatures! Have you been there?

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Wooow, these are amazing photos :) Thank you for sharing those with us. The marine iguanas are just so cool...

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Thank you! Yes, very cool!!!

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No worries guys, thank you anyway :) I am happy the number of high quality travel posts has been growing. Great news!

owwoo it a beautiful horrible animal.

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Nooo they are not horrible at all :) They are cuties :)

Awesome i love these guys they are ugly but very friendly creatures :))

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Nooo they are not ugly :) They are adorable. Well at least for me :D

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Haha...alright then ugly in a beautiful way :))

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