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"What in the world is that!!!"...

Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by sjlarue, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. sjlarue


    Nov 18, 2007
    I was down at my local marsh/Wildlife Area in the middle of OH-IO. Looking for a bird that was not supposed to be there...I didn't find it.

    However as I looked in the water, I saw a head that from my vantage point looked like a snake swishing through the water. "What in the world was that, there aren't any water snakes in this area." (There really aren't that many there.) I get my camera up and out to 450mm and see this:

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    No really, an Iguana?...
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    Obviously it's a local's pet gone bad. I've alerted the DNR and am hoping they or one the rescue centers come out and rescue it.

    But what's next alligators?:eek: 
  2. midocr


    Mar 28, 2008
    OH - IO
    Looks like an escapee to me. In what area did you see "it"?
  3. looks like a green iguana to me :)  I had one for 8 years (I miss Godzilla)

    nice find! and good call on the DNR too...poor guy wouldn't last the winter out there...
  4. mhcfires


    Aug 23, 2007
    El Cajon, CA
    I would hope that someone catches him soon! We don't need anyone like that breeding in this habitat. He would probably wreak havoc on the local bird population. Too many "pets" are either escaping or being released into the wild and they have no natural enemies. :frown:
  5. Wow, that's a pretty huge one at that. I hope DNR can trap him to protect the local fauna.
  6. Good eye -- Jack Hanna will take him
  7. Bolts


    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    Pretty sure the little guy is a herbivore. It's the monitors that eat the baby scrub jays and gopher tortoises.

    He does need a home though.
  8. sjlarue


    Nov 18, 2007
    Big Island Wildlife Area near the caretaker's house.

    Yep, I wish whomever had this one would have just turned it over to critter control. I gave some pictures to my DNR friend, and I'm sure that they will get it.

    Like pia said, in nature it is a herbivore.

    Me too. I estimated it to be from three to four feet with a seven inch girth.

    ...I don't know if I would wish that on a poor lizard...:biggrin:

    Thanks to everyone who looked and who replied.
  9. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    Yup, common iguana. Someone has lost a 'pet'.

    They are indeed herbivorous and it probably would not survive the winter season in that region.

    Hope this gets sorted out.
  10. sjlarue


    Nov 18, 2007
    Me too.:smile:
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