Discussion in 'Field Herping' started by DustinQ, Aug 27, 2012.
Wild Iguanas in St. Thomas
Anole and house gecko? they're all over the wall at night near the light
Wow, great shots! I'm so jealous
Were you on a cruise or did you stay in St. Thomas?
Nice pics, thanks for sharing
Cool photos! Did you get any photos of the anoles' dewlaps?
love the photos its cool that they have two species of iguanas there.
They're all green iguanas in these pictures
The others are Green Anoles
cruise. it was my first time. Absolutely loved it although I was seriously repremanded for handling the Iguanas. They are quite germaphobic. Threatened to quarantine me for the rest of the trip! I assured them that salmonella wasn't as serious as everyone makes it out to be (don't actually know that just didn't want to be quarantined) they called it syphilis
I think he's probably referring to the coloration of the iguanas. I really hope he can tell the difference between an Iguana and an anole. That little bright green iguana was the only one there that I saw that was green. the others were the dull gray/olive, black and almost all of them had red noses and mouths (assuming from being in salt water all the time.)
sorry didn't get any pics of extended dewlaps. had snap a quick picture and run. I was getting left behind by my group. Got to swim with green turtles! they're my favorite. didn't bring a waterproof camera
Syphilis from iguanas. Thats a new one!
Great photos, where is St. Thomas?
Aw! Too bad! but that's super cool that you were able to swim with the turtles!
That sounds like a fun trip!
Virgin Islands, Carribean.
You'll have to bring that underwater camera for the next cruise!
And get photos of the anoles dewlaps for Aja as well
It may be a legitamate possibility? I've been doing a bit of research since this seemingly rediculous claim
How Often Do Animals Get STDs? | Animal Intelligence | DISCOVER Magazine
STDs in animals and humans have a historical relationship. "Two or three of the major STDs have come from animals," says Alonso Aguirre, a veterinarian and vice president for conservation medicine at Wildlife Trust. "We know, for example, that gonorrhea came from cattle to humans. Syphilis also came to humans from cattle or sheep many centuries ago, possibly sexually." The most recent, as well as the deadliest, STD to migrate to humans is HIV, which hunters acquired from the blood of chimpanzees, says Aguirre. The disease became transmissible from one person to another through semen and other bodily fluids after it had spread to the human population.
The most common sexually transmitted disease among animals today is brucellosis, or undulant fever, which is common among domestic livestock and occurs in mammals including dogs, goats, deer, and rats. A bacterial infection that can be treated with antibiotics, the disease can be transmitted sexually or otherwise; for example, groups of cattle often eat the placenta of a spontaneously aborted fetus, and they can acquire the disease that way. Symptoms of the disease include miscarriage, inflammation of the testes, and uterine infections. Humans can contract brucellosis through drinking contaminated milk or through direct contact with infected animals.
CDC - Salmonella
But they are talking about transference in warm blooded hosts. Reptiles to human would be a whole different scenario.
And since the way to transmit syphilis is pretty specific, the likelihood of gettig it from an iguana is pretty far out there to begin with.
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