National Geographic : 1911 Jul
REPTILES OF ALL LANDS 615 when disturbed, thence dis closing the fact that the mouth parts are as black as -. . . if steeped in ink. Other big lizards are the iguanas, belonging to a New World family that > contains both large and small members. Differing from the monitors, the igu- > anas are omnivorous, and so decorated with spines 5| and protuberances that r some of them appeal to the novice like the subjects of c a disordered dream. The South American iguana at- o : tains a length of six feet and is a wild-looking crea- 4 H of lance-like dorsal spines. " It is largely herbivorous, e but does not hesitate to rob 1 . . r the nests of small birds or a ': dig into a rotting log for ? insect prey. This lizard is edible and . subjected to a cruel process " in the South American markets, where its flesh is described as much like that of a young fowl. The tip 2 of the longest toe on each hind foot is caught with a pair of pliers and the ten don stretched from the toe itself. ,y means of the stretched tendons the hind 0 . feet are tied together, ren dering the lizard helpless. As an illustration of the " tenacity with which rep tiles cling to life, it may be mentioned that iguanas are c shipped to animal dealers ', in the I'nited states bound in the manner described, and, though without food run about soon after being liberated, and will live for years-this despite the fact that they come from the tropics infested with ticks and other parasites.