Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I is for Iguana

It's not much fun when you find yourself waking up in the night screaming and crawling up the walls. But this happened to me last night, I afraid to say.

There was a voice in my head - the same one that usually goes on about chocolate at 2 a.m. But this time it had a deranged tone. It informed me of something I had known for some time but had not dared to admit, for the shame of bringing it out of my subconscious and exposing it for the world to see.


Iguanas at a zoo in Sweden (Bjoertvedt)

I had made it to I on the A to Z challenge without featuring a single reptile....

Pause as the full horror of those words sinks in. My blood runs cold. Then I move swiftly onto Iguanas.

Actually I like Iguanas. They are funky and come in all shapes, sizes and colors. I would gladly swap a dog that is still hyperactive notwithstanding the strategic removal of certain parts, for one of these cool reptiles which are not scary in the slightest.

The Green Iguana Society informs me: "Because reptiles are vertebrates, they are chordates. Phyla are also divided up into many smaller groups, called classes."

Whaaatt??

Anyhow. Did I tell you they are funky.

The Iguana is a type of herbivorous lizards  that lives in tropical parts of Mexico, Central America and islands such as Fiji and Tonga in the the Pacific as well as the Caribbean. This lounge lizard has impeccable taste and can be found supping cocktails in places such as Martinique.

The genus was first described back in 1768 by Austrian naturalist Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti in his popular best seller Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena.

Um OK. The two main types are the Green Iguana and the Lesser Antillean iguana, which is endangered due to the destruction of its habitat.

The Galapagos Islands of South America are known for their distinctive iguanas. Back in the 19th Century naturalist Charles Darwin found so many of them here, he remarked it was impossible to pitch a tent because there were so many iguanas. A distinctive pink morph was identified.

Darwin described the Galapagos land iguana as "ugly animals, of a yellowish orange beneath, and of a brownish-red colour above: from their low facial angle they have a singularly stupid appeararance."

This description makes me wonder whether he was not actually, in fact, making notes in 7-Eleven.

Useless Fact About Iguanas

Some species have a symbiotic relationship with the local bird population; the birds remove parasite and ticks, making life a good deal better of the iguanas and providing a tasty lunch for the birds.

What Not to Say to an Iguana

Can I borrow your scales?

24 comments:

  1. That's sad and unfair that Darwin described the iguana as ugly. Your A-H posts are much uglier than the iguana. I agree, they are funky. And funky is good and attractive.

    xoRobyn

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    1. yay for funky Robyn - like your posts xo

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  2. "This description makes me wonder whether he was not actually, in fact, making notes in 7-Eleven." LOL!

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  3. Under the influence of some illegal substance, perhaps?

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  4. *shudder* I often wonder why people keep reptiles for pets. They aren't furry, they aren't cuddly and I don't see them showing the kind of affection that dogs or cats do.

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    1. well wouldn't do snakes JoJo but Iguanas are just plain groovy

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  5. Darwin at 7-11: ROFL! I don't mind Iguanas. We had pet lizards for a while, though not Iguanas themselves. It was an interesting experience.

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  6. One of my friends had an iguana if I recall correctly (not 100% sure) and I think her cat ate it one day. I always thought lizards were cool, but not sure I'd like one as a pet.

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    1. OMG Patricia - that's terrible - didn't think cats ate them.

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  7. I love what not to say to an iguana :)

    Look forward to the rest of your challenge posts!
    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
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    1. Thanks Damyanti - I try to catch up with yours when I can.

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  8. My blood runs cold. Then I move swiftly onto Iguanas. - NICE LINK DAVID!

    I think he was making notes in the 7-Eleven.

    I like Iguanas too.

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  9. I'm not particularly fond of lizards. We have a gecko here, and I have to say he's not very impressive as a pet. I imagine I would feel the same about an iguana. I would take a cuddly cat or dog over an iguana any day.

    All of that aside, though, this post was both interesting and funny. Thanks for making me laugh (again!). :-)

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    1. well cold blooded and all that Daisy - glad you had a chuckle

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  10. For some reason, I am terrified of reptiles. Even though I live in a desert, I still can't get used to them!

    Happy A to Zing! :-)

    http://cbwentworth.wordpress.com

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    1. uh uh not good that if you live in the desert - thanks for the visit

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  11. Iguanas are funky and cool! Never had one myself but a friend did and it was always interesting to interact with. Their large size and their features make one feel as though they are in the presence of a prehistoric creature. Great I choice. :)

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    1. yay for prehistoric Tracy - they are cool like that :)

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  12. G should have been for gecko. You wouldn't have had such nightmares and sleepless nights then.

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