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Gravid Iguana X-rays

Gravid Iguana X-rays (Iguana iguana)

Gravid Female Iguana

The images below depict a gravid female iguana who has undergone x-rays. This iguana is not experiencing Dystocia (egg-binding) and none of the eggs have started to calcify, but she is carrying a large number of eggs for a female her size. These x-rays were done to confirm her gravidity and as a possible prep for surgery as the vet suggested the iguana get spayed.

The images clearly show the eggs surrounding her torso.

Gravid Green Iguana X-ray (Iguana iguana)
Gravid Green Iguana X-ray
Inverted Green Iguana X-ray (Iguana iguana)
Inverted X-ray
Green Iguana X-ray  (Iguana iguana)
Green Iguana X-ray

Gravid Female Eggs

These X-rays clearly show the eggs surrounding the torso.

The inverted image is suppose to show better clarity but I believe that some of the clarity has been lost as the image was digitized.

The enlarged torso shows the greatest clarity of the eggs.

Green Iguana Head X-ray  (Iguana iguana)
Green Iguana Head X-ray

Head - Limb X-ray

This image depicts how the head, limbs and ribs look via an x-ray. You can clearly see the vertebrate of the spine.

This iguanas spine does not show signs of Metabolic Bone Disease. An iguana showing signs of MBD in the spine will typically have twisted and distorted bone structure, similar to Scoliosis found in humans.

Green Iguana Limb X-ray  (Iguana iguana)
Green Iguana Limb X-ray

Limb X-ray

This image depicts how one of the iguanas limbs looks via an x-ray.

You can see where the joints connect on each digit, which offers the iguana their exceptional range of motion and flexibility.

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Green Iguana Limb X-ray

Gravid Iguana X-ray

This X-ray depicts another female iguana that is gravid. The clarity of this picture is fantastic. You can not only clearly make out the eggs but can clearly see the rib cage surrounding them. You can also see the vertebrate of the spine and how they grow as they reach the base of the tail, where the iguanas power is.

University of Washington - Biology Course - Iguana Skeleton

Green Iguana Skeleton (Iguana iguana)

Attribution

Author: Richard Brooks
Gravid Female 1 - © Katt (TitoAndKatt)
Gravid Female 1 - © Katt (TitoAndKatt)
Gravid Female 1 - © Katt (TitoAndKatt)
Iguana Head & Limb - © Katt (TitoAndKatt)
Iguana Limb - © Katt (TitoAndKatt)
Gravid Female 2 - © Mindy Johnson
Iguana Skeleton - © University Of Washington - Biology