... to make pouches and such, but will look into that soon. Will get a hold of some artisan who deals with animal hides and skins to find out proper way of doing stuff ...
These iguanas prefer living in the mangrove swamps near the lagoons and coastlines, but wander away to forage for food (birds, eggs, chicks, toads, plants, fruits, smaller lizards, pet food, snails, crabs)- they will eat anything they can find. Easier to find them from 9am til 3pm when they go out to in the sun to warm up, their camo is highly effective and what will mostly give them away is the spines on their backs and tails, and whenever they move from branch to branch on the treetops. Only a few inches long at birth, they grow 4' to 6' or more from end to end; they use their tails as a whip for defense when feeling threathened and are capable of cutting thru unprotected skin when they strike. Claws are also very sharp and dangerous and are rumored of carrying salmonella in their saliva, but I personally haven't heard of an actual case of salmonella related to iguanas. Must be urban legends to scare people.
You need insect repellent -lots of it- to go into the swamps 'cause the mosquitoes will bite the crap out of you. I had forgotten that small detail and paid a hefty price. Boots and a hat are a must, they will sometimes try to $hit and pi$$ on you as you walk under them. And as I said before, head shots have been the only effective way to bring them down humanely. Even a well placed stock 2100 @ 12 pumps with .177 JSB Predators brought one down crashing like a rock.
People in Central America eat them and say they taste like chicken, but I've never tried one... will have to get somebody who knows how to properly cook them so I can try it. Local agencies have tried to introduce them into our daily diet to try and control the population but most people won't go for it.
Darn, today it was raining and couldn't go hunting, maybe next week... can't wait for the parts I ordered to hot rod my 2 13xx guns, and I'm on Roy's waiting list for another one... and now I'm in love with the .22 cal Disco !!!