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    Lets talk iguanas

    So, I see all those iguanas (I think that is what they are?) in pics of aruba - we arrive friday and I can see my 16 month old wanting to chase them and pet them - will they run from him? Will they bite him? Should I keep him far away from them?

    Thanks!

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    when we were there in march, i didn't see as many as on my previous trip....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gina42801 View Post
    So, I see all those iguanas (I think that is what they are?) in pics of aruba - we arrive friday and I can see my 16 month old wanting to chase them and pet them - will they run from him? Will they bite him? Should I keep him far away from them?

    Thanks!
    They will definitely run... and very fast!
    The iguana's are not aggressive at all.

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    they are vegetarians
    they LOVE lettuce, tomatoes and cherries
    we make a point of feeding them, but not poolside.

    disclosure.......the resorts do not like you feeding them due to their "pooping" and becoming too much of a nuisance underfoot and begging for food.

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    Those iguanas are harmless and I'd be very surprised if you could catch one. They are very still until you approach when they scurry away very quickly.
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    >>>> " nuisance underfoot and begging for food."
    ------ Yes, please don't feed them.
    >>>> "Will they bite him?"
    ------ Don't think so. More harm could come to him if he trips and falls running after them. For our grandson we got one of those inexpensive strollers that can fold. Great for pushing him around resort and waiting in line at airport.
    You can push him right up to the plane in that. If no room in plane they will tag it, put it with baggage. You get in back getting off plane.
    Last edited by TomFrederick; 01-19-2010 at 12:11 PM.

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    Iguanas are know carriers of Salmonella....

    In consequence it is never a good idea to touch your mouth or eat when handling them. To be on the safe side, you should wash your hands thoroughly with disinfectant soap after you're done. You should also know that the bacteria can enter your body through open cuts. Therefore, make sure you don't have any wounds when handling or you will increase your chances of an infection. The I've touch them many times myself without problems isn't an insurance that it can't happen to you...

    Better safe then sorry

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    I must say I was one of those offenders a few years back....We had our pet iguana that we called George......George would show up shortly after we would arrive at the pool area and you could tell he was one of the elders....Well people would video tape him as they were totally shocked to see an iguana climb up on my cooler beside my lounge chair waiting for his lettuce... We visit Aruba a couple of times a year so he had gotten to know us very well. He wasn't afraid of the grandchildren and would walk up to them sitting beside them also waiting for his food.... At the time I didn't realize we were doing a terrible injustice as I heard the resorts trap them and let them out on the other side of the island..... This past year I didn't see George around and felt so very guilty...... SO PLEASE TAKE ANDREA'S ADVICE AND DO NOT FEED THEM AROUND THE POOLS..

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    As fast as 16-month olds can move, the iguanas are faster.
    They freaked me out a little but once I realized they were more afraid of me than I of them, they didn't bother me. I have a million pictures of them. LOL

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