Giant iguana makes the most of Hastings heatwave

Keith the giant iguana goes walkabout on the beach at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium.
Keith the giant iguana goes walkabout on the beach at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium.

A giant iguana has also been enjoying the hot weather by going for a walkabout on Hastings beach.

Keith, a green iguana who is usually found in the Jungle Room at the Blue Reef Aquarium, went for a stroll along the Stade as the 30degC heat means it is warm enough for him to leave his cage and enjoy the sunshine.

Just like humans, Keith needs vitamin D to stay healthy and going for walks with a specially-designed collar means his claws do not get too long either.

“Keith is a truly impressive lizard and he’s certainly causing quite a stir during his excursions,” said Blue Reef’s Leanna Lawson.

“He’s a great ambassador for reptiles in general as he’s extremely used to people and is very comfortable being handled by the keepers.”

The one-and-a-half-metre-long reptile seems to be a big hit amongst the beachgoers.

“We’ve got a special harness which allows us to take him for a wander around the displays and let him fully explore his home and the surrounding area,” Leanna said.

“As well as being good exercise for the iguanas, it’s also proving to be quite an encounter for the visitors.”

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