Friday, June 19, 2009

tame lizard

A juvenile spiny-tailed rock iguana (Ctenosaura oedirhina) warms in the sun on the ramp to Paya Bay's restaurant. This one is regrowing its tail, which is usually twice the length of its body. As I walked by, it observed me intently, but didn't move an inch. This critically endangered species finds refuge here at Paya Bay. The International Iguana Foundation has initiated a program to protect these animals from extinction. More info here.

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