Ameiva ameiva Giant Ameiva
Some other names for this species:
Amazon Whiptail, Amazon Racerunner, Green Ameiva, South American Jungle Runner, South American Ground Lizard
Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 6, 2004
Giant Ameiva (Ameiva ameiva) Giant Ameiva (Ameiva ameiva)
I ran across two of these colorful, speedy, and non-cooperative lizards while photographing Gray's Spiny-tailed Iguanas on the former grounds of the Crandon Park Zoo. Apparently this is another species that escaped from its former cages and has since formed a long-term population.
Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, Loreto, PeruJanuary 21, 2014
Giant Ameiva (Ameiva ameiva)
I spent a good forty-five minutes one partly-sunny afternoon waiting for one of the local ameivas to stop moving long enough to get a good picture. If I moved at all, they would instantly dash away and not be seen for at least several minutes. I never did get a good picture; this is the best I could do with a tripod and a 300mm lens.

Here is a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2014 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.

Quistacocha Zoo, Iquitos, Loreto, PeruJanuary 30, 2016
Giant Ameiva (Ameiva ameiva) Giant Ameiva (Ameiva ameiva)
Unlike the population of these lizards on the former grounds of a zoo in Key Biscayne, Florida, the lizards living on the current grounds of this zoo in Iquitos are native animals taking advantage of the partly-cleared habitat. The largest and most colorful specimens spent most of their time on the inside of a chain-link fence that encircled some grass and a pond with a bunch of turtles. I think they were jealous of the turtles' interpretive sign and wanted one of their own.

My Travelogues and Trip Lists page includes a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2016 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.

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