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2 Skillful iguana hunters in Nicaragua

Una iguana casada
A hunted iguana

These young men captured these Nicaragua garrobo (iguanas) in Chichigalpa. Generally speaking, they locate them in the trees, and then one of the guys goes up after it and gets it to jump to the ground. They are quickly captured (usually live) and tied up to be sold or perhaps end up as soup or supper. These reptiles are an important part of Nicaragua’s food for some people.

Estos jóvenes capturaron estos garrobos en Nicaragua. En términos generales, los ubican en los árboles y luego uno de los chavalos va tras él y consigue que se tira hasta el suelo. Ya bajados, los agarran rápidamente (normalmente todavía vivos) y los amarran para luego venderlos o quizá hacer una sopa o la cena. Los garrobos son una parte importante de la comida nica.

What is the suggested way to catch an iguana?

Catching an iguana can be a tricky task as they are quick, agile, and can easily escape. It’s also important to note that iguanas may carry diseases, so handling them should be done with care. If you need to catch one for relocation or other reasons, here are some steps to consider:

  1. Understand Local Laws: Ensure that you are legally allowed to catch them in your area. Some regions have strict regulations regarding the capture and handling of wildlife.

  2. Gather Necessary Equipment:

    • Gloves: Wear thick gloves to protect your hands from bites and scratches.
    • Towel or Blanket: You can use a towel or blanket to cover the animal once you’ve caught it, which can help calm it down.
    • A Net or Lasso: A fishing net or lasso with a long handle can be useful for capturing one.
  3. Choose the Right Time: Iguanas are more active during the day, so try to catch them in the morning or afternoon when they are most active.

  4. Approach Slowly: Approach the specimen slowly and quietly to avoid scaring it away. Move in a way that doesn’t make sudden or jerky movements.

  5. Use a Net or Lasso: If it is is perched on a tree or a fence, you can try to use a long-handled net or lasso to catch it. Gently place the net or lasso over the reptile, being careful not to harm it.

  6. Cover with a Towel or Blanket: Once you have the iguana contained, place a towel or blanket over it. This can help calm the iguana and reduce stress.

  7. Handle with Care: Grasp the iguana gently but firmly behind its neck, just like you would with a cat. Be careful of its sharp claws and teeth.

  8. Transport Safely: Place the captured iguana in a secure container, such as a sturdy box with ventilation holes, and close it securely. Ensure it has enough air and space to move around comfortably during transportation.

  9. Release or Relocate: If your intention is not to keep the iguana as a pet, release it in a suitable habitat away from populated areas. If you plan to keep it as a pet, make sure to provide proper care and housing.

  10. Safety First: Remember that iguanas can bite, scratch, and whip their tails as a defense mechanism. Always prioritize safety and take precautions when handling them.

Keep in mind that iguanas are often considered wild animals, and it’s generally better to leave them in their natural habitat unless you have a valid reason to capture and relocate them. If you’re not experienced with handling reptiles, consider seeking assistance from a wildlife rescue or professional animal handler to ensure the iguana’s safety and your own.

Click here for an update about the laws in Nicaragua (in Spanish).

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