April 2, 2017

3008 NETHERLANDS (Aruba) - Green iguana

The green iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal, mostly herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana, which ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. They have been introduced from South America to Puerto Rico and are very common throughout the island, where they are considered an invasive species. It grows to 1.5 meters in length from head to tail, although a few specimens have grown more than 2 metres with bodyweights upward of 9 kg.

Despite their name, green iguanas can come in different colors. In southern countries of their range, such as Peru, green iguanas appear bluish in color with bold blue markings. On islands such as Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba, and Grenada, a green iguana's color may range from green to lavender, black, and even pink. Green iguanas from the western region of Costa Rica are red and animals of the northern ranges, such as Mexico, appear orange. Juvenile green iguanas from El Salvador are often bright blue as babies, however they lose this color as they get older.

About the stamps

The stamps are part of the series Insects, issued on September 30, 2016.
Dragonfly / Odonata anisoptera (0.50 AWG) - It's on the postcard 3008
Cockroach  / Blataria periplaneta (0.90 AWG) - It's on the postcard 3008
Fire ant / Furmicidae Solenopsis (1.00 AWG)
Great Green Bush-Cricket / Tettigonia viridissima (1.30 AWG)
Western honey bee / Apis mellifera (2.00 AWG)
Common housefly / Musca domestica linnaeus (2.20 AWG)
Common wasp / Vespula vulgaris (2.75 AWG)
Redeye / Psalioda moerens (3.20 AWG)

Green iguana - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise
Sent from Oranjestad (Aruba), on 25.02.2017

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