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Green Iguanas in my backyard!! (Pictures)

Discussion in 'Field Herping' started by Padfoot, Nov 28, 2004.

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  1. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member

    Hello all...

    Today I went out to my backyard to feed Charlotte and Valentina (dogs). Charlotte, who usually likes to jump on me, kept running to the backyard and cry at something... I went to investigate and right there on top of the fence was a huge huge huge green iguana. I went back in, took my camera and went back and took the picture. I was at a distance of around 5 feet from her. 8)

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    Now... when I was taking this one, I heard some branches on my neighbors backyard move. I looked and guess what? Another one! This one was at about 20-30 feet from me. 8)

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    I thought you would like to see these pictures. hehe
     
  2. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Nice :) Look ta the spikes on that guy! Man, I never get anything more exotic than a pigeon in my yard :p
     
  3. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    Great pics, thanks for sharing!
     
  4. Dominick

    Dominick Founding Member

    Yes, thanks for sharing. I'm thinking Florida???

    I know here in Jersey there are no more green leaves. LOL
     
  5. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Think further south ;)
     
  6. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member

    LOL... ya... further south... a bit to the right.. surrounded by water... but part of the US. 8)
     
  7. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    Costa Rica?
     
  8. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member

    Nop... Costa Rica is not part of the US... nor surrounded by water... but the name was close....... ok.. I'll tell you.. Puerto Rico
     
  9. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    That's what I meant, I just misspelled it. lol
     
  10. tmnt lotr fan

    tmnt lotr fan Member

    wow that is so cool.... the only reptile i have found in my back yard is a black rat snake (one of my fav snakes).
     
  11. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    wow awesome pics! thanks for sharing. :)
     
  12. MiamiE

    MiamiE Active Member

    thats awesome. wild iguanas in puerto rico!
     
  13. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member

    well.. from another point of view is not that awsome... since green iguanas are not native from PR... a couple of years ago there was a pet iguana fever and many many people buyed them, just to release them after they got tired of them or they got too big for their 10g tanks... and since climate in PR is good for them, they reproduced and now are everywhere. Luckily they do not compete for food with our own Mona Island Iguana (cause that one inhabitates Mona Island and green iguanas have not reached there).
     
  14. Dominick

    Dominick Founding Member

    A very good point Padfoot!

    PR is plagued with a feral iguana population that will reach pest status before too long. Feral iguanas can devastate the native flora, damage the native fauna by consuming their natural food source and sully the local species (Cyclura cornuta stejnegeri, or commonly Mona Island Iguana , 1,500 in the wild and currently endangered) species through in-breeding.

    All the more reason to constantly work to educate the public on iguana care and proper husbandry before they pick up that cute little $10 iglet or win one at the local fair.

    Thanks for sharing that important insight with us Padfoot!
     
  15. steel rip

    steel rip Elite Member

    WOW, they are sooo cool, looks like jurassic park shots, they are brill, love em, all I got in my back yard is a garage lol, no room to swing a cat so to say.
     
  16. MiamiE

    MiamiE Active Member

    the ones i have in my yard dont look like that. theyre more prehistoric looking.
     
  17. Inphormatika

    Inphormatika Elite Member

    Why don't people just hunt them? I realize that sounds kind of barbaric, but they're a non-native species who have thepotential to cause serious damage to the local ecosystem.
     
  18. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member

    hmmm.. I don't know... hunting isn't really a big sport here... I know that people do catch the babies and sell them to pet stores, who sell them to people... who end up mistreating or releasing them again.. so it's a vicious cicle.. hehe
     
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  20. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member

    Wow! that's a lot darker! I've seen more brownish ones... but not as dark as that one! 8)
     
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