Iguanas in the Yard

We were told that you’re more likely to see iguanas in the summer dry season, and that has been true for us. I heard a rustling in the leaves outside the window today and grabbed my camera.  iguana1

He looked pretty good size, but we’ve seen them disappear in a flash and figured they must be able to get through the fence.  iguana2

Apparently getting through the fence is no problem!

It’s really fun seeing iguanas and other lizards. I think the iguanas are especially interesting though because they are so big and so unusual looking.

Always keep a camera nearby.

Check out the article about the pink iguana. It’s amazing!

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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18 Responses to Iguanas in the Yard

  1. Amba says:

    OMG! You grabbed a camera? I would have run for my life. I’m terrified of iguanas. But I have to say, that shot of the iguana going through the fence is brilliant!

    • kristc99 says:

      Oh no don’t be scared! They are harmless, and the main challenge is catching a photo before they run away from you. My husband actually got that shot of the iguana going through the fence, snapped it just before the iguana bolted and ran. But just to be on the safe side, maybe you shouldn’t plan visits to this area in the dry season.

  2. indacampo says:

    We only see the occasional iguana around here. I wish there were more. We do get smaller green lizards though and the little green tree snakes. Do you throw your fruit and veggie scraps outside for them?

    • kristc99 says:

      We’ve seen some other lizards but no snakes. Yes, we throw scraps out. When I was first here I thought I’d have a compost pile. ha! It disappeared every night. Now we throw fruit and things that get eaten quickly in the yard, and anything else goes on the other side of the fence where it can either be eaten or compost at its leisure.

      • indacampo says:

        LOL! I thought I’d have a compost pile here too!:) I quickly learned that all we had to do was gather everything in a bowl and throw it in the field behind us. Whatever the birds and lizards don’t eat the sun takes care of!

  3. D. Quijote says:

    I think it is “laying egg” season. If you have sand or loose dirt you might get to see a lot more than sauroses running away from you.

    • kristc99 says:

      Oh?! Like what? Lizards in love? eggs hatching? We don’t have sand or loose dirt (unless you count some large ant hills), but I could certainly create some :D
      I’m having trouble finding info on sauroses. Is there a different spelling, or another name to look up?

  4. oldsalt1942 says:

    I often see some of my neighbors walking down to the nearby river to clean an iguana they captured. Some people call them “Tree Chickens.” They’re a bit of a problem in Fort Lauderdale where I lived before coming here. They would dig their dens along the canal sea walls, weakening them to such an extent that the walls would sometimes collapse.

    One day my roommate brought a large one he’d nailed at a home he’d been working on. We decided to try this:

    Iguana Stew
    1 Iguana
    1 lg Onion
    2 Cloves Garlic
    3 Tomatoes
    2 Green Peppers
    4 ts Achiote Oil
    1 pn Pepper
    Salt — To Taste

    Make the achiote oil by frying the achiote slowly until the oil is red. Kill the iguana by cutting off its head. Open the belly lengthwise and remove all the entrails and the rectum. Cook in salted water until the meat is tender (take care not to let it get too soft). Peel and cut in portions. Season with all the above ingredients and cook with about 1 cup water, until almost dry.

    It was quite good, and YES, it DOES TASTE LIKE CHICKEN!

    • kristc99 says:

      Ummm… thank you, I think :o) I feel guilty enough about eating chickens, and don’t think I’m going to make it to iguanas. But, that looks like an excellent chicken recipe!

  5. Here’s one that ate too much! http://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/growth/

    they do, at times, get busted!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    What is the area to find most iguanas? I’m sorry but I’m scared of them. So clearly I need to stay away. I was thinking of looking in the David area which is more close to PC. Is there a problem there also?

    All replies appreciated.


    • Kris says:

      I think they are most likely in the woods. We live next to the woods and that is where they come out from. Don’t worry though, they are also very scared of you and if they see you, they will run off as fast as they can go! I had to sneak up on them from behind the window to get photos, and even when they see me in the window they run.

    • Kris says:

      Oh, and David is close to Costa Rica, not PC. It’s a 7 hour bus ride from PC to David so not close at all. (PC = Panama City, right?)

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