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Post-Commercial Gigs—Almost, By Elaine A. Powers, Author

a yellow green iguana posing on a gray table
Algae might’ve become a movie star!

Continued from Lights, Camera, Action

After Algae and Jubby starred in the Corazon Tequila commercial, I was asked to provide a socialized iguana for a Broadway show. They wanted a lizard who would live in a glass aquarium on stage for the six-week run and be fed crickets during the show. Since iguanas are herbivores and I didn’t want any of my very large family members to be stuck in a glass tank for two months, I suggested other kinds of lizards that would be more suitable.

They ended up using a basilisk, purchased from the local pet shop. The basilisk did a wonderful job and eventually found his forever home with the stage manager.

A few months later, I was contacted by a movie studio.  A socialized iguana was needed for an indie film. The iguana was to sit on the back of the sofa and allow the actor to pet and interact with her. It involved a limited time commitment and I had several friendly candidates. I agreed to have my igs screen tested. However, the assistant called back and said the iguana scenes had been cut. The director had overspent his budget and they could no longer afford to hire one of my girls.

I don’t know which one would have been selected had they moved forward, but I was already looking forward to her being a movie star!

To learn more about these amazing giant lizards, see our 30-page teacher,parent or tutor workbook “My Unit Study on Iguanas,” for Grades 2-4.

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Hangin’ Around with My Green Iguanas by Elaine A. Powers, Author

Green iguanas are tree dwelling lizards. They are very good climbers and will climb on anything to get to a high location, like book shelves, windows and heads—and by heads, I mean mine. People often ask me why I don’t have pierced ears. It’s because when climbing to the top of my head, the iguanas use my ear lobes as convenient toe holds.  My lobes have been ripped open three times by long claws attached to strong leg muscles. I don’t want them to have an existing ear-hole for better ripping.

I often find my iguanas hanging out on top of window blinds, display cases or on my piano. When I want to find them, I know to look up, since the iguanas are usually nestled among the display items.  Interestingly, the green iguanas can climb over breakable objects without disturbing them, but if they know you are coming to pick them up, they’ll send everything flying with a swoosh of their tails!

a green iguana looking out from a tree trunk
Green iguanas like my Algae are top climbers.

The most impressive climbing was done by my iguana, Algae. Being a young iguana, she had sharp, pointed claws. One day, I looked all over the house but couldn’t find Algae.  Had she gotten out or slipped down a vent somehow?  After searching everywhere I thought she could possibly hide, I looked up.

She was hanging upside down from the ceiling! After the surprise passed, I have to say that I was very proud of my young friend, Algae.

For more fun information about iguanas, see Lyric Power Publishing’s 30-page Iguana Workbook.