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Iguanas belong ‘au naturel,’ even in Puerto Rico

Commentary By Luis Chaluisan Iguanas: they’re not common pets in New Jersey, thank the power, even though people occasionally decide this exotic (as in non-native) animal would make a great pet. It’s not so. Iguanas belong in their native habitat, where they have the company of other iguanas, the right temperature and food, and the chance to be an iguana “au naturel.” Caribbean tourist attraction During a recent vacation in the Caribbean, I saw lots of iguanas, which made it easy for me to continue to be fascinated by them – their myriad colors, especially the bright green of young ones; their long ring-tails; their front feet, especially, with long, curving finger-like appendages; their casual ability to “go out on a limb,” seeking a flower or a tender green leaf at the end of a branch that looks incapable of holding them. And, these kids can travel too! If they need to get away, they can do it. They’re not graceful, but they’re fast. Far from eating red
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Things to do Destination: NYC's El Barrio. Free Walking Tours Every Saturday, through October 11, 3 – 5 p.m. Tour meets each Saturday at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 104th Street. Guides from Big Onion Walking Tours lead excursions highlighting the thriving scene of Latino arts, culture and cuisine native to El Barrio. This program has been developed for El Museo del Barrio and the East Harlem Board of Tourism through grants from the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Admission: Free. For advance registration, e-mail elbarriotours@elmuseo.org. source: El Museo del Barrio (Photo courtesy of El Museo)