I'm home from Grand Cayman, and have recovered sufficently to post about my trip. The moment we stepped off the plane, we could hardly breathe! It was so hot and humid the entire first week we felt dirty and sweaty the entire time... unless we were swimming. But thanks to tropical storm Arthur passing the Yucatan Peninsula/Belize area, we cooled substantially during week two. In fact, week two was pretty rainy... still warm, but rainy. Our duties mostly included feeding, watering, and collecting food. I helped hold down two full-grown males, Archie and Billy, for their final medical treatments after the incident in early May. I got the head, and Peter (from Maine) got the tail. Archie was pretty easy, I basically just walked up to him, grabbed his neck, and held. Billy was another story... He outweighs Archie by about 7 pounds and was QUITE intimidating! Plus he definitely didn't want to be restrained. He basically led Peter and I on a meandering goose-chase. I didn't want to get him too stressed, so I had Peter net him which made it easier for me to get a hold of him. Both big boys received sub-q fluids, antibiotics, and a vitamin injection; Billy also got stitches removed. It was quite an honor to be hands-on with their recovery. Just before we arrived, Peter had helped excavate several nests. There were still a few females that needed to lay eggs, and two of them kept test-digging. For days we watered soil to help make conditions perfect. Finally about 5 days into our trip (when the weather started to change), both girls laid their eggs. Peter and a local volunteer dug up Timmy's nest while John, Mom and I dug up Red, Pale-Blue's nest. We excavated a total of 24 eggs, with 2 being non-viable. How awesome it was to hold the most precious egg on earth! The second week was a breeze because of the rain... it stays fairly warm, but doesn't get hot enough for the Blues to actively feed. We fed the babies twice that entire week, and left the adults to graze in their enclosures. Although we did offer fruit to some of the more active adults. They love papaya, mango, and a fruit called noni. Now I cannot smell anything, but they told me that noni smells like a mixture of rotten eggs and dirty catbox... yummy!!! In any case, the Blues LOVE it. It's practically a drug!! The week that we actively fed, we would go to different parts of the island to collect food. Each day we tried to collect 3-4 different items. Some of what we collected were: morning glory, slavola, yellow root, hibiscus flowers, and several smaller plants that I can't remember the names. What I found interesting is that much of their diet is toxic to mammals. John, the Warden, believes that's a contributor to their strong immune systems. One day we collected a special treat for the females that were post-gravid. This treat is the larva of the Hawk Moth, and OMG, are they HUGE. These caterpillars were probably 6-8 inches long. The igs LOVED them! One female had a ripe noni and a caterpillar in front of her, and she chose the caterpillar! Now I have to say that as pet owners, we don't feed our iguanas ANY animal protein... and that's the best course of action for us; however, these animals are living in their native region, eating a native diet, and getting the proper temps and lighting. They are better equipped to handle such a treat than any captive iguana ever would be. This is something that I'm so glad to have experienced... and it won't be my last trip, either! Our complimentary accommodations The view from our patio Ganges rose, please?? me too! Iz starvin'