Spot the iguana!

Reader Steve sent this “find the iguana” (don’t blame me for the resolution), adding “This from a friend just back from a cruise.” He added that he thought the iguana was “pretty obvious,” but I couldn’t see it after a cursory scan:

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40 Comments

  1. Jim Knight
    Posted January 18, 2015 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Below the door opening a little more than the door’s height down the rocky slope…

    • Posted January 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      Yep. (And pretty much how I was going to describe it!)

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    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted January 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      If it is mostly tail then I thought that may be it. If not, I have no idea.

      • Diane G.
        Posted January 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

        Ditto. (Sorry to whomever hates that word.)

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted January 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      I don’t get it. Spot the rock? Sure, no problem.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted January 18, 2015 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      Weeelll, now maybe. Is it ~ perpendicular in the picture? With its tail hanging down, draped over the next rock below?

    • Luis Servin
      Posted January 18, 2015 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      I see something iguana-like right behind the plants at the bottom right of the picture. Almost looks lake a leaf that is paler green (maybe?).

    • wannabe
      Posted January 18, 2015 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

      Right below the miniature Rambo who is crouching, arms outstretched, with a white headband.

  2. Posted January 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    🐉

  3. Paul S
    Posted January 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Right below the teddy bear

    • CB
      Posted January 18, 2015 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      No, that is a 3D plastic mini printed replica of a Yeti

  4. Barbara Radcliffe
    Posted January 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Next to the Jack Russell Terrier

  5. Thanny
    Posted January 18, 2015 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    That looks like it could be part of one of the old forts in San Juan. There are tons of iguanas all over the place there, and they do find their way onto improbable parts of the rock faces. Such as here.

    I can’t really see a clearly-defined iguana in the picture above, though, due to the resolution.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

      Now that was a fun one! Very cool shot, but not surprising–those walls look eminently lizard-climbable. 🙂

    • Luis Servin
      Posted January 18, 2015 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Wrong!! It looks like some prehispanic site in Mexico (maybe Mayan). You can see the decoration on the right side of the steps symbolizing a rattlesnake). The bottom stone on that side is sculpted like the rattle of the snake, then you have the body climbing on the right side and a sculpted stone the was the head of the snake at the top, but you can barely make out the shape not, as it is eroded.

      • Garnetstar
        Posted January 19, 2015 at 11:22 am | Permalink

        The filling of structures with rubble was a common building technique among the Maya.

        The snake sculpture dates it to the late-Mayan period, what is sometimes called the Toltec Maya.

    • Posted January 19, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

      Cool photo and iguana.

  6. ladyatheist
    Posted January 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Next to the nightjar!

    • Posted January 18, 2015 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      I’m experiencing Palm Squirrel withdrawal.

  7. Posted January 18, 2015 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    So, the monkey is not real?

  8. Posted January 18, 2015 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    The iguana — well, actually just the third claw of the left rear foot and two of the spines from the crest — is easily noticeable in the dark shadows just above the wall on the right side of the photo.

    • Posted January 20, 2015 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      I think you’re right. But everyday I look at this photo again, and I see more iguanas!

      • Posted January 20, 2015 at 11:01 am | Permalink

        No, let me correct that! I see one on the vertical part of the wall, near the top.

  9. John Roden
    Posted January 18, 2015 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    What about the cat bottom left?

  10. still learning
    Posted January 18, 2015 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Noooooooooooooooooooooo! I refuse to search for invisible creatures. The invisible and non-existent look alike.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted January 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

      Only true believers will see the iguana. Those heretics who see a chameleon will be stoned.

      • Posted January 19, 2015 at 7:25 am | Permalink

        Not on this site, they won’t. They might *get* stoned, though …

  11. Posted January 19, 2015 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    A door’s height to the right of the base of the door. The entire iguana is visible, with the head to the right.

    • Posted January 19, 2015 at 6:29 am | Permalink

      Could be and what about the matching one on the other side of the door? 🙂

      And I see a miniature monkey, a door’s height below the door, about to jump down and slide down the tail of the partially hidden iguana. (Is that the tail you see, Diana?)

      There also seems to be an iguana right in the niche below the lowest step, to the right.

      • Posted January 19, 2015 at 6:36 am | Permalink

        Speaking of reptiles, an intact reptile fossil, found a decade ago by a boy on a Prince Edward Island beach, is probably 300 million years old!
        http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fossil-found-by-p-e-i-boy-fills-gap-in-reptile-evolution-1.2899592

        Excerpt:
        “The fossilized species has been named Erpetonyx arsenaultorum after the family of Michael Arsenault of Prince County, P.E.I., who found the fossil at Cape Egmont, said a study published this week in the Proceedings of Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. “

      • Posted January 19, 2015 at 8:31 am | Permalink

        The “niche” to the right of the 2nd big step?

        • Posted January 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

          No, not that niche, though there could be one hiding in any of those corners we can’t seem to see around. 🙂 I meant at the foot of the lowest step, on the grass. But now I’m doubting my eyes again. I must be seeing things, as it can’t be THAT well-camouflaged!

          • merilee
            Posted January 19, 2015 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

            I’ve almost forgotten what we’re looking for!

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted January 19, 2015 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

        Yeah I think that was the tail I saw.

    • Jim Knight
      Posted January 19, 2015 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      I also agree. The truth is that there are probably a BUNCH of iguanas and other lizard taxa, such as geckos, in the photo.

      I once counted 14 rock iguanas, genus Ctenosaura, on one of the ruins at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Lizards love the old runis…

      • Posted January 19, 2015 at 8:40 am | Permalink

        I climbed that really steep pyramid at Chichen Itza back in the 70s. I was paying way too much attention to my footing to look for any iguanas.

        And speaking of iguanas, my dog has a 3 foot long squeaky stuffed one which I found our tiny new kitten, Carmen, dragging around by its tail this morning. She also hides behind Iggy to jump her brother, Booker, and the dog.

      • Posted January 19, 2015 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        Ditto. We’ve done a number of pyramids in Mexico, including “Chicken Pizza” (our guide was very jokey), as well as the ruins in Tulum, by ourselves. Even went hiking off the beaten path into the hills. I’d never travel anywhere in Mexico by myself anymore. Sad how times have changed, as it’s a spectacular country. Took a photo of tiny green snake on a fallen down wall in Tulum. It looked ready to strike, as it watched me closely with part of its body extending way out from its support. That was many years ago, so the photo is buried in a box somewhere.

  12. Posted January 19, 2015 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    There’s just something about Iguanas and Mayan temples.
    http://tekartist.org/2014/12/22/natural-camouflage/
    And that something is heat refraction by stones. 🙂


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