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Spectacular All- Natural Environment on a Secluded Private Island

Whether guests are participating in one of the interactive animal programs or just observing, a visit to our beautiful island alone is worth it. Surrounded by turquoise blue water on all sides and covered with thousands of native coconut trees, lush landscaping and a natural lagoon, Blue Lagoon Island is an extraordinary private island that offers guests a glimpse of an untouched paradise. There is no other facility in the world that offers the same experience. It also provides our marine mammals with an unmatched, all-natural ocean habitat.

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Iggie The Iguana Makes A New Home At Dolphin Encounters
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Iggie the Iguana Makes a New Home at Dolphin Encounters



Iggie is a green iguana, which are herbivores (vegetarians) that can grow up to 5 or 6 feet and weigh 17 to 25 pounds.

Green Iguanas are among the most popular reptile pets in the United States, despite being quite difficult to care for properly. In fact, most captive iguanas die within the first year, and many are either turned loose by their owners or given to reptile rescue groups.

Iggie was most likely a former pet or offspring of a pet released into the wild in Florida. He arrived as an illegal immigrant to the Bahamas, accidently finding his way here in a supply container. As an invasive species, he cannot be released into the wild. Ardastra Zoo & Gardens provided him with a temporary home and he now lives permanently here on Blue Lagoon. With time & training, Iggie will learn how to be handled and help teach kids the importance of protecting our wildlife, including Iggie’s cousins — the threatened native Rock Iguanas of the Bahamas.

The green iguanas spend most of their lives in the canopy, descending only infrequently to mate, lay eggs, or change trees. Strictly vegetarians, iguanas are active during the day and feed on leaves, flowers, and fruit. They generally live near water and are excellent swimmers. If threatened, they will leap from a branch, often from great heights as much as 40 feet, and escape with a splash to the water below or even on to solid ground! They can also detach their tails if caught by a predator and will grow another without permanent damage.

Iggie is very popular and visitors to Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island marvel at his unique colour and physique. Be sure to visit him near the Sea Lion habitat.

All rates are subject to change, at any time, to include additional taxes and fees as demanded legally by the Government of The Bahamas.

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