The local critters

SiGraybeard just reminded me that if you don’t live in Florida, you don’t get some of our critters.

Case in point, the new iguana I call Anaranjada (Orangy).


She is not that big for South Florida standards but I think big enough to take care of the neighborhood dogs that run into the medium to small sizes .

But what surprised the hell out of me is that 10 minutes after I took that picture, Anaranjada jumped into the water and proceeded to swim across the lake to the other side (214 yards according to Google maps), on a straight line with a crosswind of at least 10 mph.  I was so amazed I did not think to video the event until she was halfway inside the lake.

Who knew?

7 Replies to “The local critters”

  1. That is a large male green iguana. The orange color is found in certain central American populations from which this guys ancestors must have originated.

    This species is vegetarian and will not harm local canines.



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