Before traveling to St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands a few weeks ago, I had read that iguanas were quite prevalent. They are, in fact, just about as prevalent as squirrels are in Northeast Ohio. My first encounter, pictured here, was a little disconcerting, not knowing whether these dragon like creatures were dangerous or not. This iguana, I nicknamed “Iggie,” came toward me several times and I have to admit that I backed away each time! A day or 2 later I learned that they are herbivores, primarily eating fruit and vegetables. Many of them avoided people, but in some touristy areas they seemed pretty comfortable around people.
A few days later, I came upon “Iggie” again. This time I was preparing to do some snorkeling and had a Nikon AW100 underwater camera with me. Getting down as close to ground level as I could to get some more photos of “Iggie,” at his eye level, he began to approach. I held my ground this time and he eventually came close enough to lick my camera lens! Since learning that they have an appetite for bright colored fruit, I now believe that “Iggie” may have thought my orange colored AW100 was in fact a bright piece of fruit!