In the ‘Iguanario’ in Manzanillo, Mexico

Our impromptu ‘guide’ in Manzanillo, Mexico took us down an unshaded sidewalk beside a canal.

“From here on,” he said pointing, “iguana, iguana, iguana.”

And there they were, all over the trees on the other side of the channel, although tricky to photograph without a decent zoom. Iguana in a tree at the Iguana Reserve in Manzanillo, MexicoFurther down there was a dirt bridge across the channel and we entered an enclosure into the ‘Iguanario’ our hotel had told us about. Sigh for the Iguanario in Manzanillo, MexicoIt was feeding time when we got there – fortunately for us these prehistoric-looking creatures are vegans. Iguanas in a feeding frenzy in Manzanillo, MexicoThere were masses of them and it was a feeding frenzy.Iguanas in Manzanillo, MexicoThe males are orange…Iguanas in the 'Iguanario' in Manzanillo, Mexico. The males are orange, the females green…the females green. Iguanas in the 'Iguanario' in Manzanillo, Mexico. The males are orange, the females greenThe happy couple. This colour differentiation was something I didn’t know and I see I will have to change my previous post on Iguanas. Here we called an ancient green iguana ‘El Jefe’ – the Boss (and she turns out to be ‘La Jefe’ instead). I also speculated that an orange iguana had a ‘completely different coloration than El Jefe – I’m not sure if it’s because he’s a different type or if they have a mild form of chameleon colour-changing properties as I’ve seen in other lizards’.Iguanas in Manzanillo, Mexico. The males are orange, the females green.‘Conserve me, take care of me and protect me. We accept donations in food (vegetables). Business friends, we are counting on your donations.’A sign begging people to protect the iguanas in the 'Iguanario' in Manzanillo, Mexico. The males are orange, the females greenA sign on a cage: ‘Do not touch, do not cut, do not hit, thank you’.A sign at the Iguana Reserve: Do not touch; do not cut, do not hit; thank youA nearby stone wall is cleverly painted with an iguana. An iguanas painted on a stone wall in Manzanillo, Mexico


5 responses to “In the ‘Iguanario’ in Manzanillo, Mexico

  1. I love it! I love them! Thank you for that. The first gorgeous specimen has spikes longer on top there than I have ever seen! That 3rd photo … well, just look at all their cute little lippies! As for the rest, they all will like blankies and cuddles, they just don’t know this. They’re too old for me to convince them Of it now. It’s so nice to see them cared about &/or appreciated.

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