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Drummond, Hugh;Burghardt, Gordon M
Nocturnal and diurnal nest emergence in green iguanas
Journal of Herpetology
Journal Article
Iguana iguana
We report here some incidental observations on nocturnal and diurnal nest emergence by hatchling green iguanas, Iguana iguana, at a communal nest-site on Slothia islet in Gatun Lake, Panama (for description of the locality and the population's reproductive biology, see Rand, 1968 and Burghardt et al., 1977). Newborn and hatchling green iguanas are diurnally active in low vegetation and on the ground, and spend the night perched in vegetation just a few meters above ground. Adults have been reported active only during daylight. Since nocturnal nest emergence has not, to our knowledge, been reported previously for a diurnal lizard we thought it worthwhile to publish these unsystematic findings.