Portrait Competition (original pictures & videos) 🦖


Hello, @derangedvisions , here’s the story behind my deranged visions, below 😱

Nursing a monster hangover the other day, I decided to go to the pool to clear my head.

Once inside the icy cold water, I heard a rustling, overhead, in the surrounding trees. In the past, I’ve seen iguanas leap from the nearby palms directly into the pool — fair enough, they need to cool off, too.

As I got out of the water, I spotted this wild creature lurking,poolside. Florida is Jurassic park; dinosaurs are alive & well!

Here, are pictures & video that I captured of this magnificent beast!




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24.11.2019 17:06

Yes, among the things I really miss about Florida is seeing iguanas in the trees, and breeding populations of parrots nearly everywhere.

And yes, I know they are not native but introduced, but of those species released into the wild in Florida, they are among those species that have done the least harm to the environment, as they don't really compete with the native species.

And, as you say, they are magnificent.

We were briefly caretakers for an Australian iguana belonging to Marek's daughter, who built him a 6' x 6' x 6' enclosure in our Largo back yard, and he was truly gorgeous.

With her permission, we hung our doves' cages inside the enclosure, as we thought they each wouldn't care about the others' presence, and it would allow our doves more freedom to fly. And, as expected, the doces weren't afraid of the iguana, and he ignored the doves.

Unfortunately, we lost the iguana in a sudden cold snap. He had a heat rock, and other cover, but it wasn't enough to protect him from the sudden drop in temperature.

I was sad when he died. In addition to being beautiful, he was gentle, and had a very sweet disposition.

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24.11.2019 18:59

Love the idea of doves sharing space with an iguana... (sorry you lost him). We get a lot of Eurasian Collared-Doves, in the South of Florida and, of course, chatty green parrots which my wife adores :) Wild, wild world!

24.11.2019 19:52

Our first male was a collared dove, as was our second male, but our third male and first and only female were both white doves.

We kept getting more doves, trying for a mate for GIR, but when we finally got the female white dove, she decided to bond with the younger collared male, and we called it quits.

We'll likely eventually get doves again, but not until we build them a large enclosure first.

25.11.2019 06:57