Yesterday afternoon I went out to putter around in the yard. When I looked across the street, this is what I saw.
My neighbor was watering an iguana! Of course I grabbed my camera and went over to see what was going on. It was very strange that the iguana was just sitting there. Usually, if they see a person, they are gone!
My neighbor said he thought the iguana was very hot out there in the sun on the dirt and needed some water. He was afraid a dog had gotten it and it was hurt. The iguana was missing the tip of its tail but otherwise, we couldn’t see any injuries. We were worried though about the dogs, so we decided to try and get the iguana into my fenced yard where it would be protected and safe.
I came over with a trash can, put it in front of the iguana and used my shoe to try and coax it into the can. It didn’t move a bit! I figured if it was that inactive I would take a chance and pick it up, which would be less traumatic than pushing it into the trash can. I gently picked it up, one hand under the chest and the other near the back feet and the iguana still didn’t move a bit!
I carried it across the street and by the time I got into my yard it looked back, opened its mouth, and tried to push its feet against my arm like it wanted to get away. (those claws are very sharp! I did get a scratch before I moved my arm out of range). I gently put the iguana on the ground next to my back terrace and left it alone. I still didn’t see or feel any evidence of injury except for the tail.
I came back a while later and it had moved about 8 yards into the back yard, but it was again sitting still and didn’t react when I came close.
When I came back to look again it had moved another 8-10 yards and was sitting under one of my banana trees. I got some papaya from my fridge and put it nearby, and again left the iguana alone. When I came back later the papaya was untouched and the iguana was nowhere to be seen.
My neighbors think the iguana was just stunned and would be fine with some time to regroup. It should be small enough to make it through our fence and into the woods if it wanted to leave. I was encouraged to see no visible injuries, and to see the iguana was able to move about the yard. Hopefully it’s doing better now and is back to living its normal life. It was very cool though to have it in my hands for a moment!
You just never know what is going to go on around here 😀