Saturday, March 15

The Iguanas


Isn't he amazing? Click onto photo to enlarge to see the detail.
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They're everywhere. This is one hanging out in the hibiscus bush after having his fill of hibiscus flowers (amapola). I watched him. In fact, I know this iguana. He's the one the pups caught. Big Max had the iguana in his mouth and I was expected a fight over it. I've been working with the dogs and that day, I saw it pay off. I firmly told Max to drop it, AND HE DID. I calmly (in a stern, deep voice) told them to "get in the house" - AND THEY WENT IN! I couldn't believe it. They listened and did it. All four of them.

The iguana looked dead but I saw Max catch him and I knew he hadn't hurt it. Usually, given time, the pups will tear the iguana's guts out. In those cases, the iguana goes to the river and joins the food chain. This iguana, I caught Max catching, was just playing dead. They do that. Don't bury them until you know FOR SURE they're dead. They play possum for a long while. I've bagged them before and I felt real bad when I figured this out about them.

This iguana was too alert for me to pick up and put outside the fence so with the dogs inside the house, we just let him hang out until he was ready to run off. The iguana still hangs out around here, just now, it's outside the fence.

6 comments:

Jen said...

I love iguanas, don't want one but can appreciate their beauty! Great shot, loving the ones of the black birds as well.

TICA MACHA said...

Thanks Jen, I just love that they "pose" for me.

Gidget said...

Nice to look at our pretty nature while I am here in cold Nebraska. Thanks. Wish you could see what I am looking at on the television. Trying to do something still. Wow he sure is pretty...............

the frogster said...

Does the iguana have a name? Maybe Iggy, or something? I'm glad Iggy is still in one piece. Maybe the next time I get a dog I'll ship it to you for the initial training. I'm not too good at that stuff.

Blog Bloke said...

Very nice snapshot Teri.

TICA MACHA said...

Snapshot? That was a paid portrait! I paid HIM in pineapples.