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Old 10-02-2012, 05:53 AM   #16
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I apologize for the strange post...we're new to island travel and my 13 year old has her heart set on looking for lizards in Nassau and at Castaway Cay...will there be many for her to see??? (not to keep, or harm, just to observe!)

They just don't seem to make it to very many trip reports if they are out there
Yep! Mainly just small ones in Nassau and Castaway Cay, but as someone else mentioned.....for future DCL cruise bookings.....we have found some HUGE lizards/iguanas in Cozumel, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas! They love grapes!
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:13 AM   #17
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Here are a few of our giant lizard encounters. We don't have any pics of the small, quick lizards in Nassau and Castaway Cay. They are just too darn fast! Trust me, I've tried to chase them! The little ones in Mexico are easier to catch!

My daughter was only 3 1/2 in this pic. This was in Cozumel, DCL Magic 2009.






St. Thomas, Disney Fantasy 2012.





St. Maarten, Disney Fantasy 2012.



Castaway Cay, Disney Fantasy 2012. Since we couldn't keep up with the little lizards, we settled for collecting small sand crabs. (All of which were catch & release....no sand crabs were harmed in this activity. )


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Old 10-02-2012, 06:53 AM   #18
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If you stay in Cocoa Beach the night before, you will probably see several of the small ones before you even get to Nassau or Castaway Cay!

We typically have at least one lizard in the house each week, and always have to avoid stepping on them outside the house.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:20 AM   #19
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Your daughter will find plenty of anoles on CC, they are everywhere in Florida too. They are also common in coastal southeast US too, they climb up all over the pool cage at our house in Alabama. We also have cute little geckos, but I haven't seen any of those at CC.

Anole- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_anole
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And LOL at the "lizard island" thing... I've never seen too many of them on St. Maarten, but those giant iguanas have always been all over St. Thomas when we've been there!
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:59 AM   #21
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My DW and I were on a Western Caribbean cruise in Feb and on one of our tours we were served "Bamboo Chicken" which is Iguana... It was DELICISIOUS! We also saw iguanas and lizards everywhere!
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I've seen very large iguanas on St Thomas & Puerto Rico many times. Tiny lizards basically everywhere else.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:20 AM   #23
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spiders????

Thanks for all your posts!!!! Loved the pictures...too bad we're doing the Eastern Caribbean cruise, feel like we might be a little lizard "poor" now!!!!

How about spiders...my other daughter (10) can put on quite the show when she encounters one!!!!! Kind of makes sense the lizards would have to eat something that crawls????

Thanks again for all your posts!!!!
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:06 PM   #24
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As others have mentioned, you can't go outside in FL without seeing a TON of them. As a matter of fact, there's one on my den window right now. My cat loves to watch them (and eat them if she's out on the screened patio ).

You will see them all over CC and Nassau.

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EatSleepArchery...join the club! My kids enjoy doing the same thing! Yes, they find lizards and the little crabs on CC. The bike paths and walking paths are a good place to look for them. There were quite a few in the family cabana area too. They are usually found closer to bushes and trees than just out in the sand. If you are one of the first ones on the beach in the morning, you see lots of crab and lizard tracks in the freshly groomed sand.

fyi..if there is anyone out there whose kids enjoy finding those cicada skins on the trees, my kids searched every palm tree they could find on CC in Aug and collected 37. They thought it was the greatest treasure hunt ever!
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Can someone confirm if there are scorpions on Castaway?
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:59 AM   #27
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You should take your lizard loving daughter to Grand Cayman to the Botanical Garden - they grow BIG blue ones there! (Bus from Georgetown, take water & snacks)
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Thanks for all your posts!!!! Loved the pictures...too bad we're doing the Eastern Caribbean cruise, feel like we might be a little lizard "poor" now!!!!

How about spiders...my other daughter (10) can put on quite the show when she encounters one!!!!! Kind of makes sense the lizards would have to eat something that crawls????

Thanks again for all your posts!!!!
St. Maarten actually has a lizard "farm" where you see TONS of them. We stopped there while on Bernard's Tours last week. St. Thomas is also on the Eastern itinarary, and people have posted they have seen them there as well. We didn't spend much time on St. Thomas (we took a catamaran to St. John instead), but if you are on the Eastern, you will have plenty of lizard opportunities.
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