Iguanas in the Heat

I captured these two different Black Spiny-tailed Iguanas (my gallery link) dealing with the higher heat than normal this year. They seemed to almost be panting like a dog does in the heat. As with the rest of the world, Costa Rica has broken temperature records this year and all of us from the birds and iguanas to the people are looking forward to the start of the rainy season, which is normally in May! Our Dry Season (December-April) is considered Summer here and we are concluding our hottest summer yet! Global Warming is very real!

Black Spiny-tailed Iguana, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Black Spiny-tailed Iguana, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica (On my house roof.)

And for the scientists or science students reading, here’s an article in English from the Journal of Thermal Biology explaining how iguanas deal with global warming: Variation in the thermal ecology of an endemic iguana from Mexico reduces its vulnerability to global warming.

¡Pura Vida!

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