The Lizard Encounter, and whatever else is on my desk at the moment

We went to the tennis court yesterday morning and it was in use, so we came back in the afternoon. This turned out to be a lucky thing. When we arrived, there was this huge iguana in the road just before the parking area!

I know, I know, this is nothing new around here but for us, it was really cool. My neighbors say there is a season of the year when iguanas are more likely to be out and about and apparently this isn’t it because I haven’t seen any. So, we were very excited to see this impressive beast!0571

Who would have thought that iguanas can climb trees? When you look at the claws on him though, I guess they have the equipment for it. I actually have a video too! when we saw him in the road I quietly got out of the road and walked towards him. When I got too close he went off towards the trees, and then up a tree! Link to Video  I know I need to learn to walk and video more smoothly. Sorry if I gave you a moment of motion sickness, but I’m glad I caught this with my camera.

So, now we have an iguana up in the tree.060

He climbed a bit higher until he reached a more horizontal branch, and then he tried to hide on the back side of that. (see the picture in the header of this post)  My husband came and stood on the other side of the tree which made the iguana move away from him, and right into perfect camera range for me!


After this, we decided that we had bothered the poor iguana enough for one day and headed off to play some tennis.  I’m sure we’ll get more used to seeing these large lizards at some point but for now, we think this is totally cool.


Lets see what else is on my desk at the moment.

This beautiful tree is also near the tennis court. Actually there are a number of them in the area. The bark is fantastic!075a

The hummingbirds are still entertaining us daily with their antics around the feeder.  I caught a photo of this pretty one in the tree.011a

Yesterday we had some fabulous clouds and I got some shots of the birds in front of a great sky scene.042

There will be more on that later because it turned into a beautiful sunset.

This little bird visited our yard and perched in the fence for a while. I hadn’t seen this one before.085a

That’s enough for one post. What a good day!

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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12 Responses to The Lizard Encounter, and whatever else is on my desk at the moment

  1. Excellent, excellent images! The shots of the big iguana are great! Those reptiles are quite elusive and fast as lightning, and you captured them in great detail! I love the header image – very artistic!
    Buen trabajo!


  2. Anonymous says:

    Chris and Joel,
    Once again, your photos are phenomenal!! I know I have told you about my sister and brother-in-law’s place in Mexico. They have lots of inguanas, although I have to say yours is bigger. Where they are, they seem to hang out in the same places, trees, patios, walls and return to those places. Bold and shy at the same time and very charming!! Enjoy…


    • kristc99 says:

      Thanks! Glad you enjoy them 🙂 People here have told me that this was a big iguana by Panama standards as well.


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        Hi Krist, you mentioned house sitting. Is there a special site you can recommend? I have listed with, and another I can’t think of at the moment.



        • Kris says:

          I mentioned house sitting? Where? What did I say? I’m afraid I don’t know anything about house sitting, sorry.


  3. Amy says:

    These photos are remarkable, esp. the iguana. Thanks for sharing!


  4. magdalena36 says:

    I would like to see the big iguana in nature. Great!!


  5. oldsalt1942 says:

    Iguanas are also known as “tree chickens.” We had them all over the place in Fort Lauderdale. In fact they are pests, especially around the waterfront homes where they dig behind the seawalls causing them to collapse.
    I often see my neighbors with a freshly caught iguana going down to the nearby river to clean it before putting it in the pot for supper.
    I have the little anole lizards roaming around the house like the ones in Florida. We also have the common house gecko here, and how can you NOT LOVE an animal that spends as much time walking around on your CEILING as anywhere else in the house? Viva Panama.


    • kristc99 says:

      You are making your way through my whole blog! I remember iguanas were a big problem south of us in FL too, Cape Coral? Boca Grande? I don’t remember for sure.
      I know they eat them here. Some friends have told me they like them a lot.
      We have a lot of geckos in our house here. We even have a baby one who has been hanging out on our desk to get the bugs that come to the lamp. How cool is that!


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