Star turn for iguana Keith

Keith the iguana
Keith the iguana
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KEITH the giant lizard is settling into his new home at Blue Reef Aquarium after being donated by a member of the public.

A giant lizard, Keith measures one-and-a-half-metres in length.

The seven-year-old green iguana, who could eventually reach two metres long, was donated to the aquarium by a member of the public who could no longer look after him.

Known as ‘Keith’, the massive reptile is now the star attraction in the aquarium’s newly-expanded Jungle Room and he has already made a big impression on staff and visitors alike.

Blue Reef’s Leanna Lawson said: “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.

“Keith’s extremely used to people and is very comfortable being handled by the keepers.

“He is settling in well to his new surroundings.

“However our keepers did have to spend some time clearing off layers of dry skin from the back of his head which had accumulated because he was not shedding properly,” she added.

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.

Green iguanas have an organ on the top of their heads called the parietal eye.

Although it cannot form images this ‘eye’ is sensitive to changes in light and dark and can detect movement which helps detect birds of prey and other potential predators stalking it from above.