Grand Cayman and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park – Singing the Blues

The blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi), also known as Grand Cayman iguana, Grand Cayman blue iguana or Cayman Island blue iguana is an endangered species of lizard of the genus Cyclura endemic to the island of Grand Cayman. Previously listed as a subspecies of the Cuban iguana, it was reclassified as a separate species in 2004 because of genetic differences discovered four years earlier. The blue iguana is one of the longest-living species of lizard (possibly up to 69 years). The record is 67 years. wikipedia

Well, maybe not singing the blues but you get the humor.  Even though s/he is not a plant in the park it is an endangered species and I wanted to share this amazing creature with you again.  We had just walked past a pond where one of the Cayman Whistling Ducks were when there was a sign that said “Do not feed the iguanas” No problem! Was not about to touch one let alone try to feed it.  It was right after that sign that we rounded the bend on the gravel path and up ahead – there one was!

I was both elated and terrified because it was a rather large one in the middle of the path and I wasn’t sure just how safe it was to get close to them.  But they are all hams in the park being used to we humans and just stroll along like they own the place; actually pausing to strike a pose for those lucky enough to come upon them. It still rates as one of the most amazing wild creatures I have ever been fortunate to see alive.  And I hope they continue to survive.

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18 Responses to Grand Cayman and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park – Singing the Blues

  1. Son of Sharecroppers says:

    Very fine photo. And thanks for educating me about this noble critter. I wish that we humans were so noble . . .

  2. Looks like it has a bit of attitude! Great capture.

  3. That is rather kind of them to pose for you. I can’t say how many photos I have of the hind quarters of deer who typically scurry away.

  4. The Editors of Garden Variety says:

    Oh I just love iguanas! A very nice picture of him.

  5. Cindi says:

    Beautiful …. in a rather colorful, leathery-armor, reptilian looking way. And such an attitude! 🙂

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    Nature is incredible. Blue lizards? Sure, why not?

  7. Uncle Tree says:

    That dinosaur is older than me! 😉 Cool shot!

  8. dhphotosite says:

    Neato! How close were you? It’s nice he/she gave you a pleasing 3/4 view pose!

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