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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Slithery


I was jealous in Stacia when
some fellow cruisers said they
saw an Antilles iguana. In
Stacia, the only iguana we saw
was the one right here
(the sign).
Stacia’s trails were well marked, well
maintained and provided excellent
flora and fauna signage info,
illustrations and photos.  Their National
Parks organization likely makes that
happen.  Their office, as well as customs,
and the historical site offices were all
closed when we came through
After seeing monkeys in the rainforest and encountering an octopus taking up residence in a conch shell (click for more on that) I temporarily brought on board on Nevis, I was spoiled.  I expected to see a legendary Antilles iguana, too!  But I didn’t, at least not on scarcely populated, industrial (more on that in a future post) yet environmentally-oriented Stacia.

Stacia was very clean.  The water was clear.
There was minimal litter.
Stacia, aka Saint Eustatius, is one of the few islands where
acerback snakes are found.
Seeing a couple rare racerback snakes and watching Wayne’s reaction to a friendly rooster (click here for more on that) made up for it, almost.

Handsome fellow!  We ran our dinghy
aground trying to get a better
photo… and didn’t.  No harm
done to the dinghy and
“Mr. Iguana” was definitely unfazed. 
I could hardly believe my eyes, when motoring along in St. Maarten’s heavily populated Simpson Lagoon, I spotted several large iguanas bobbing high in the spindly but leafy mangrove branches.  The smallest iguana I saw was about three feet, tip to tail; the largest spanned five feet.  Whether or not I get a better photo opportunity, it thrilling to share the experience of seeing these rare abd exotic reptiles in the “wild” with Wayne.