Iguana is a genus of herbivorous lizards native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, several islands in Polynesia such as Fiji and Tonga, and the Caribbean. The genus was first described in 1768 by Austrian naturalist Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti in his book Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena. Two species are included in the genus Iguana: the green iguana, which is widespread throughout its range and a popular pet, and the Lesser Antillean iguana, which is native to the Lesser Antilles and endangered due to habitat destruction.

The word “iguana” is derived from the original Taino name for the species, iwana.[1]

In addition to the two species in the genus Iguana, several other related genera in the same family have common names of the species including the word “iguana”…. Read more from Wikipedia

St. John and Virgin Islands News

V.I. Skiers Qualify for Winter Olympic Games
By James Gardner — January 15, 2014

National reporters chronicling the return of the Jamaican bobsled team to this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have also been talking about another phenom: 22-year-old Jasmine Campbell, who will most likely be representing the territory in the slalom and giant slalom (alpine skiing) events.

Campbell and fellow St. Johnian Veronica Gaspar, 18, both earned the five qualifying finishes needed for the Olympics, but V.I. Olympic Committee head Angel Morales explained Tuesday that no one country can have two athletes competing in the same standard.

“Both have qualified but we have to make a final decision,” Morales said in an interview with the Source. “Both have been competiting all during the winter season the one with the highest points – because they both have been competing in various international events – will be the one representing the Virgin Islands. I need to hear from the federation on the final standing.”

It looks like Campbell is in the lead, though, and the national media is already talking about her hopes for the slopes. Giant slalom involves skiing between sets of poles spaced at a distance to each other. The vertical drop for a course is usually around 1,200 feet. On average a giant slalom racer may reach speeds of 50 mph. In slalom, poles are spaced much closer together than in giant slalom. Racers must pass approximately 50-60 poles in slalom to reach finish…. read more

Health Officials: Chikungunya Disease Confirmed in BVI
By Source Staff — January 15, 2014

A viral illness similar to dengue fever known as Chikungunya or CHIK has been confirmed in three residents of Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. Chikungunya is transmitted by the Aedes species mosquitoes.

According to Dr. Marc Jerome, USVI territorial medical director, symptoms usually begin three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever and severe joint pains, often in the hands and feet. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash…. read more

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