We gently paddle our canoe on Sitee river, Belize. Trying to spot crocodiles we are focussed on the murky still water until our eyes catch something huge resting in a tree above the bank: a one-meter tall orange iguana!
These male lizards, known as “green iguanas” turn orange when it is mating time. It is showing itself in the last bit of sunrays before sunset, to warm its body up before the hunt can start.
Unfortunately the green iguana is disappearing in Belize as it is a well appreciated traditional dish, tasting like…. chicken!
Conservation projects inform local inhabitants about the importance of saving this specy from extinction. While paddling further, we spot about 15 of these impressive iguanas, measuring sometimes up to 3 metres from tail to nose!
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