Monday, May 10, 2010

Scary Iguana...

Also known as... "When good iguanas go bad."
Or... "how to defend your territory in 10 easy steps."
It all started out rather quietly.
Two iguanas, one desired territory.
They approach...

They posture and hiss...

One backs off, the other boasts a bit...

The loser decides to try again and something like this happens.


That wasn't so bad, but then someone gets mad!



And it's all down hill from there.

Ignore the squeals and such.   We were quite surprised by all the violence.
The battle went on for quite some time.  
Fortunately for us, we had front row seats on a nearby picnic table and were able to watch the show in relative comfort.
(Shade is good and so is a really long lens!)
We got tired long before the iguanas did.  
Just as we were packing up to leave a Military Policeman came by and broke up the fight
(It's good to know that the MP's have a use other than making sure no one was breaking the 25mph speed limit.)
I guess we'll never know who the victor would have been.

I took a LOT of pictures.
These are just a few of my favorite action shots.
Sorry if this post is picture overload!









25 comments:

Yellow House said...

Holy smokes!!!!

Grammie/Mom said...

That was fun!!! :0} Listening to all of you was quite funny too! The stills are amazing! Did I see some blood?

Jess said...

Ohmygoodness!

I didn't watch the videos because my satellite internet really crawls this time of night, but those last shots of them flipping through the air... wow!

Jayne said...

Wow those iguana smackdown stills are pretty amazing. They really are like little dinosaurs aren't they?

Rebecca said...

Amazing shots! What entertainment for your picnic. I think it is hilarious that the MP broke up this fight. What will he/she way when asked, 'Honey, what did you do at work today?"

Jientje said...

I enjoyed the videos, and hearing your voices made me feel I was actually there with you! Loved the action shots. Looks like one of them is bleeding?

Brooke G. said...

OH MY WORD!!!!!
That is crazy stuff. I didn't even watch the video - I don't think I could stomach it... the shots were about all I could handle. You got some great pics of the action :D

lisaschaos said...

These photos are great! I don't understand why one of them wouldn't back down or walk away, but the captures you got (and video) are amazing!

Tara R. said...

Wow! awesome action shots! These look like huge iguanas. Thank goodness for a telephoto lens.

Heather of the EO said...

Ack! I'm all stressed out! :)

You should send some of these photos to National Geographic or something-they're truly amazing!

Shelle said...

the photos are awesome...you gotta go find one of those win a trip for 4 or $10,000 prize competition s with those...watch the womans mags & newpapers, i see them from time to time

alita said...

Ok seriously, ACTION SHOTS GALORE! You must have been in heaven. I know I would have been.

Loved the girly screams.

And the boys REALLY liked the kick A** fight. rockin!

Johnny Nutcase said...

whoa! those are some excellent action shots! Well done! I hope they're both okay :)

Kristi said...

Holy Crap! Wow!!!

EG Wow said...

Oh-oh! Somebody has a bad temper! :)

T.J. said...

It's like the WWF of the iguana world and you were in the thick of it!!! Who knew?! I certainly didn't realize that iguanas were such tough guys- here I thought they just lounged around in the sun all day.

Kerri said...

Oh my...... this was quite riveting to watch!

Kerri said...

And I meant to say - great pics too!!

Brown Family Blog said...

Wow!!!!! I like how you so "confidently" said they would be ok to the kids. :O) Wild!

MaryMary said...

I'm not going to lie to you.... I shed some tears when I saw the blood. It's like one's a bully and the other iguana just wants to eat his school lunch without being picked on. Why can't iguanas all just get along? :0)

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

I have never seen them fight before. What a set of photos!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I can't watch the video where I am right now but I'll be back tonight to do so. I have to check where you live. Iquana fights?! Wow! Great, great, great action shots! Love them!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Wow those are some great fight shots.

Saj said...

Holy cow! That's awesome! Amazing shots!

Megan said...

This is hilarious. You definitely never ever see iguanas around here :)