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An Iguana survived two winters in La Orotava
At the beginning of January, the Neotrópico Foundation, led by the biologist Jaime de Urioste, succeeded in catching an iguana, which was sighted for the first time two years ago. The reptile exposed to the forces of nature apparently lived in a pond in a park, in the Calle de la República de Venezuela, in the urban area of La Orotava.


It is a wonder that this iguana survived in the open for two years
It is a wonder that this iguana survived in the open for two years
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08.01.2017 - Normally biologists assume that these exotic creatures cannot withstand temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius for long periods.  The pond in which the animal was sighted for the first time two years ago, has a diameter of around 600 metres and is about four metres deep.  This made it particularly difficult to capture the iguana.

The biologists actually assumed that the reptile was dead.  But they were astonished to learn on January 2 this year that a local police officer had seen it.  For two hours they waited for the iguana to surface, and eventually they managed to slip a sling, attached to a five-metre-long telescopic rod, around one of its legs.   Jaime de Urioste, from the Neotrópico Foundation was amazed at the good health of the animal, which had survived two winters in a north facing area at a height of 305 metres above sea level.  He said that, "it probably went into a kind of hibernation during the cold winter days, and then the sun warmed him up."  The iguana which is omnivorous, probably found plenty of vegetation and insects to eat.  Now it is resting in perfect conditions in the foundation's installation.



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