PS~ For our new members- you can guess only 1[one] letter before I answer- once I do, you can guess another. Thanks, Have a great day!
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I might get in a couple more guesses before I head to hospital to get a hip.
All those H's. An omen? H please Nyack.
As always George will br thinking of you and Fred.
T please Nyack.
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H, T, E
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Could I please have an R????
So glad to see you Sa and Kim here - how about an A?
Thanks for having me Val! It's nice to come here for a little break and some fun after battling the horrible stuff!
H, T, E, S, R, A
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Is it a Green Iguana?????? Hope hope!!!
I believe you are correct Kim!
Nyack - you might need to have us wait longer - suspense you know..... before you come back and respond or you'll start dreaming word puzzles if you aren't already!!
It is, indeed, a Green Iguana!
Don't Kill Iguanas- Relocate Them
Iguana is a herbivorous genus of lizard native to tropical areas of Central America and the Caribbean. The genus was first described in 1768 by Austrian naturalist Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti in his book Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena. Two species are included in the genus Iguana: the Green Iguana, which is widespread throughout its range and a popular pet, and the Lesser Antillean Iguana, which is endemic to the Lesser Antilles and endangered due to habitat destruction.
In addition to the two species in the genus Iguana, there are also several other related genera in the same family for which the common name of the species includes the word "iguana".
The Green Iguana or Common Iguana
(Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana native to Central,South America, and the Caribbean. The green iguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands especially in Puerto Rico where they are also know as "Gallina de palo" and they are very common through out the island and often eaten; and in the United States as feral populations in South Florida (including the Florida Keys), Hawaii, and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
A herbivore, it has adapted significantly with regard to locomotion and osmoregulation as a result of its diet. It grows to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) in length from head to tail, although a few specimens have grown more than 2 metres (6.6 ft) with bodyweights upward of 20 pounds (9.1 kg).
Commonly found in captivity as a pet due to its calm disposition and bright colors, it can be demanding to care for properly. Space requirements and the need for special lighting and heat can prove challenging to an amateur hobbyist.
When frightened by a predator, Green Iguanas will attempt to flee, and if near a body of water, they dive into it and swim away. If cornered by a threat, the Green Iguana will extend and display the dewlap under its neck, stiffen and puff up its body, hiss, and bob its head at the aggressor. If threat persists the Iguana can lash with its tail, bite and use its claws in defense. The wounded are more inclined to fight than uninjured prey.
Green Iguanas use "head bobs" and dewlaps in a variety of ways in social interactions, such as greeting another iguana or to court a possible mate. The frequency and number of head bobs have particular meanings to other iguanas.
Green Iguanas are preyed upon by hawks and their fear of hawks is exploited as a ploy to catch them in the wild. The sound of a hawk's whistle or scream makes the iguana freeze and it becomes easier to capture.
Green Iguanas are primarily herbivores, feeding on leaves, flowers, fruit, and growing shoots of upwards of 100 different species of plant. In Panama one of the Green iguana's favorite foods is wild plum, Spondias mombin.
Although they will consume a wide variety of foods if offered, Green Iguanas are naturally herbivorous and require a precise ratio of minerals (2 to 1 calcium to phosphorus) in their diet. It is important for captive iguanas to have a variety of leafy greens along with fruits and vegetables such as turnip greens, collards, butternut squash, acorn squash, mango,and parsnip. Juvenile iguanas often eat feces from adults in order to acquire the essential microflora to digest their low-quality and hard to process vegetarian only diet.
There is some debate as to whether captive Green Iguanas should be fed animal protein. There is evidence of wild iguanas eating grasshoppers and tree snails, usually as a byproduct of eating plant material. Wild adult Green Iguanas have been observed eating bird's eggs. Zoologists, such as Adam Britton, believe that such a diet containing protein is unhealthy for the animal's digestive system resulting in severe long-term health damage including kidney failure and leading to premature death.
The American pet trade has put a great demand on the Green Iguana; 800,000 iguanas were imported into the U.S. in 1995 alone, primarily originating from captive farming operations based in their native countries (Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, and Panama). However, these animals are demanding to care for properly over their lifetime, and many die within a few years of acquisition.
Although, in captivity, Green Iguanas will eat meat if presented with it, excessive consumption of animal protein results in severe kidney problems and possible premature death. Misinformed pet owners tend to feed iguanas iceberg lettuce, which provides iguanas with water but has no other nutritional value. A captive Green Iguana's diet should consist of fresh leafy vegetables such as mustard greens, collard greens, dandelion, arugula, or kale and access to fresh water.
Green Iguanas will thrive only in temperatures of 79 °F (26 °C) to 95 °F (35 °C) and must have appropriate sources of UVB and UVA lighting, or else their bodies cannot produce vitamin D that promotes calcium absorption, which can result in a metabolic bone disease that can be fatal. In some locales (New York City and Hawaii), iguanas are considered exotic pets, and are prohibited from ownership. Due to the potential impact of an introduced species on Hawaii's ecosystem, the state has strict regulations regarding the import and possession of Green Iguanas; violators can spend three years in jail and be fined up to $200,000.
Was hoping to get in one last guess, but too slow.
This is it for me - for 6-8 weeks anyway.
Take care of yourselves and our animal friends.
Thanks everybody!! Sorry, George....I am sending you my very best wishes that things go smoooooth as silk and your recovery is fast, fast, fast tho'! We'll miss you and Fred!! Take it easy!!
Hurry Back, George- speedy recovery, my friend! Hopefully I will get all the glitches worked out of doing thing hangman thingy...its still full of mistakes, but we are tryin to have fun anyway, lol
We will miss you and look forward to you being the Hangman again just as soon as you are up to it!
Nyack you are doing swell - you should see how many I did and then snuck them in later. I like iguanas!
Hurry back soon George.
Noted and already signed, Thanx Nyack