Blue Reef’s star attraction enjoys beach walkabout

Keith the giant iguana
Keith the giant iguana

A GIANT iguana, star attraction at the Blue Reef Aquarium, enjoys a walkabout on the Hastings beach, basking in the sun and making the most of the hot weather.

Known as Keith, the exotic one-and-a-half-metre-long reptile was rehomed at Blue Reef Aquarium after its owner could no longer look after him.

Just like humans, iguanas need vitamin D to keep them fit and healthy and the walks not only allow Keith to enjoy a spot of sunbathing, but also ensure his claws do not grow too long.

Blue Reef’s Leanna Lawson said: “We’ve got a special harness which allows us to take him for a wander around the displays and let him fully explore his new home and the surrounding area. As well as being good exercise for the iguana, it’s also proving to be quite an encounter for the visitors.

“Keith is a truly impressive lizard and he’s certainly causing quite a stir among our visitors. He’s a fantastic addition to the newly-expanded display area – he’s extremely used to people and is very comfortable being handled by the keepers.”

Green Iguanas are primarily herbivores, feeding on leaves, flowers, fruit, and plants. They are often found perched on branches overhanging rivers and when threatened will plunge into the water for safety.

Although they spend much of their time motionless, they are also extremely good climbers.