Cruising reptiles

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

A colony of green iguanas has travelled more than 300-odd km by raft across the ocean to a Caribbean island. Unbelievable? But it is true, my experts. Scientists had assumed that some animals can float huge distances across oceans, but this had never been seem Now Ellen Censky at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pennsylvania, USA, reports that 15 green iguanas (Iguana iguana) rafted on a mat of trees and earth to Anguilla, probably from Guadeoupe, following Hurricane Luis in 1995. "Myguess is that a hillside washed down and these iguanas came with it," says Censky. The iguanas arrived safely, and one healthy female was sighted some 29 months after their arrival.

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