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If You Love Lizards, All Kinds, Especially Iguanas And Bearded Dragons, You Are Not Alone.....

Discussion in 'Non-Diving Related Stuff' started by John ("Popeye") Renshaw, May 22, 2019.

  1. John ("Popeye") Renshaw

    John ("Popeye") Renshaw Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Los Angeles
    Iguanas are fascinating. Highly trainable, beautiful, adaptable, ideal pets for the right people and in larger, conducive "green" planned home environments. They will eat just about anything, and some even enjoy being fed by hand. The green variety, also called "tree iguana," has very long toes, resembling tree branches, making them prolific climbers, versatile, fast runners. On raising them: best from the time they are hatched, before they have been allowed to have traumatizing experiences either in the wild or while with bad previous owners. And they're just like kids: treat them gently and with love and understanding, and believe me, they'll love you back in their own way. Even if it's as simple as "pee-ing" on your lap or shoulder. (Not surprisingly, I once had an iguana at home named "Laptop.") Under decent care, they can live to around 20 years, and make marked strides in growth; this means the need for owners to design a flexibly expandable environment, one that affords them to walk and climb around in natural-like surroundings, opportunities to bask in sun, bathe in pond or bath, ample shade cover, while making sure that screens or fences are designed that do not allow them to climb out and escape into probable surroundings of certain death that would confront them in urbanized society or in wild territories unfamiliar to them. (I am attaching here a few pics and captions that I have put together and shared with friends. Let me know if you have any true-life lizard experiences of your own. Would love to hear them.) I am on Facebook under John Renshaw in Los Angeles. Feel free to send me friend requests.

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  2. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC USA
    Relaion to scuba is ?????
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  3. tech_diver

    tech_diver Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    lizard spam?
  4. John ("Popeye") Renshaw

    John ("Popeye") Renshaw Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Los Angeles
    For scuba world travelers, iguanas popular in Mexico and So. America. Off Galapagos: the renowned "marine iguana" has made unique adaptations, diving off sea cliffs, submerging beneath the waves to dine on moss growing on rocks beneath the surface. They are powerful and persistent enough to climb back up the slippery steep cliffs to bask on the rocks and warm up, belching-up excess salt and water swallowed while eating moss underwater. And iguanas are great swimmers.
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  5. DennisS

    DennisS Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sebastian, FL
    In S FL they are considered an invasive nuisance. They crap all over the place, burrow around seawalls and destroy yard plants.. They are all over the place. The OP should plan a vacation here and take some home with him
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  6. tech_diver

    tech_diver Dive Equipment Manufacturer


    How do they taste? Maybe they could be like lionfish?
  7. saxman242

    saxman242 Manta Ray

    They're on the menu at Tukka in Grand Cayman. "Cayman tree chickens", presumably because they taste like chicken.
  8. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Virginia
    Yup. I saw a bunch of them when I was in Islamorada. They were chilling on the dock, under the dock, etc.
  9. Damselfish

    Damselfish ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boston
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  10. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    I had a dinner of Iguana on a trip many years ago. I can state the taste was unremarkable.

    I was in PetCo yesterday with my dog Lucky and viewed the Iguanas for sale-- what is a nuisance in the tropics is a expensive exotic pet in Kalifornia. All sorts of heated cages , heat rocks and commercial food supplies

    Don't eat them -- trap them and export to Kalifornia as pets
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