There were at least four iguanas making themselves at home in Clewiston, across the 50-foot canal where we were docked on an an overnight boat trip last weekend.
Iguanas and Tegu lizards are just two more invasive reptiles here in Florida (joining pythons and boa constrictors among others). Probably they are descended from pets set free. Like all feral and invasive species -- animal and plant -- they thrive in this greenhouse climate and cause lots of problems. But they were interesting to watch -- although we'd read about all the problems we'd never actually seen iguanas in the wild before.
Maybe somebody should tell him he has something hanging from his tooth.
These were taken at 20X magnification, so although this really is a BIG lizard, it looks even more Jurassic-Park-like in the pictures. (These were about 3 or 4 feet long.)
In the above picture, he started to walk purposefully. He was on the move .....
heading for this 10-inch drainpipe. Soon he was followed into the pipe by two other iguanas, but I didn't get that picture. I don't really want to imagine what it must have been like inside .... nor do I want to imagine how they got back out of it.
Thank you to Eileen for SATURDAY CRITTERS, the home for critters from all over the world --- most undoubtedly more beautiful than this one.