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Yeah Doc I've seen a few shows where people are paying to go shoot those mini Godzilla's.
Ill stick to tree rats, just got a fresh tin of HP Extreme pellets to try out on em.
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FWIW, the Kabob Señor across from the main gate at Ft Clayton, Panama had iguana meat....I thought it was pretty darn good....especially spicy.
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Wish I was in Tijuana eating barbequed Iguana :D !
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I saw a show on the telly the other night of a charter boat.....long-range iguanas (trees, roofs) with pcp .25s and short-range (sea walls, docks) with an unique blowgun/spinning rod-reel combo. The 6 lb. test line was tied on a tiny harpoon barbed dart.
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Yeah Doc I've seen a few shows where people are paying to go shoot those mini Godzilla's.
Ill stick to tree rats, just got a fresh tin of HP Extreme pellets to try out on em.
our squirrels are really scrawny..... so i have to just buy them:

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My vote for small stuff would be Blue Duikers pushed with Jack Russels and shooting at them with 16 or 20 gauge #2 or #3 or #4 buck . https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y78yRrvXNTY Now of course I’d use a side by side rather than that semi auto they had .
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We live just a block from "Iguana Park" which is a long park along the bank of a creek they call a river here in Coffee Country. And we actually DO have iguanas there. They were almost pushed to extinction in parts of the country, especially up north where they sell the sun dried eggs as an aphrodisiac.

Where I grew up in the Amazon Basin they were problem. They are omnivorous and will wreak havoc on fruit trees and poultry. We kept an old Glenfield Model 25 in the laundry room with a magazine full of ammo to protect the chickens. That was back before I knew I needed glasses. One day I heard the chickens making a fuss so I went back, grabbed the rifle and looked out the window. There was a decent sized iguana right at the edge of the yard (beyond the fence was a brushy second growth tangle) surveying the opportunities. I took aim right at the base of his throat and squeezed of a shot. He flipped over on his back, turned right side up and took off into the brush with my dogs right behind him. After a while they came on back to the house and life went on.

About six months later I heard the chickens making a fuss, looked out the window with rifle in hand and saw an iguana broadside to me, surveying the opportunities. I held right at the back of the head and squeezed off the shot, dead right there. Upon looking over the varmint I found a long scar down the belly. It was the same iguana I'd shot months before! Without glasses (which I didn't know I needed) I couldn't tell that when he came in the first time he'd raised himself up on his front legs. What I thought was the base of his neck was actually the top of his chest. The angle of the rifle corresponded with the angle of the lizard and the bullet, instead of penetrating deep into the vitals, merely zipped along his belly, scarring the skin but not doing severe damage.

We eliminated a lot of these critters with our Daisy 880 multipump air rifles using open sights. They can be just as challenging as a squirrel as they, too, will slide over to the off side of a branch, leaving just an eye poking over the top to keep an eye on what's going on. We early learned that body shots were useless out of our low powered air rifles, head shots only and with good pellets.

One time I caught an iguana that the dogs chased into the house. She had one blind eye, and the tip of a cheap Brazilian cup pellet sticking out the top of her head. One of the neighborhood boys had apparently shot her with their lower powered spring powered rifle. We didn't use that kind of pellet so I knew it wasn't one that we'd shot. Anyway, I felt sorry for her and released her back into the wild.

I never tried eating them after I started to skin one out. I don't know why but that was the strongest stink I've ever gotten from a critter (having never shot a skunk). I must have managed to cut the wrong thing in the process, but didn't keep on - just dug a hole and buried it. We did eat a tiú (tegu - a land dwelling lizard) once and it was pretty good eating. They, too, were a problem for our poultry.
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I haven't seen any of those lizards around here. Once in a while I see an armadillo. They can tear up your yard. Living in town, I can't really shoot them. A shovel used like a baseball bat sure slaps them silly. As soon as they can, they leave in high gear after that.
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I never tried eating them after I started to skin one out. I don't know why but that was the strongest stink I've ever gotten from a critter (having never shot a skunk). I must have managed to cut the wrong thing in the process, but didn't keep on - just dug a hole and buried it. We did eat a tiú (tegu - a land dwelling lizard) once and it was pretty good eating. They, too, were a problem for our poultry.
Don't try cleaning it. Just whack off the tail, and enjoy. Or, so I've been told.
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I think that this is a video of the tv show I mentioned above.....

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7GQssYyJcF8
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Gotta watch out for salmonella in reptiles! Armadillo are know to carry leprosy!
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GunnyMack wrote:
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Gotta watch out for salmonella in reptiles! Armadillo are know to carry leprosy!
So are humans and I've actually met humans with it, but never found any 'dillos yet affected by the disease. They were practically extinct in the area where our sons were born, due to over hunting. A 'dillo fried up and simmered in coconut milk is a treat. As is one made up in the typical farofada the Brazilians favored as "travel rations" in our area.
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Paul its my understanding the 'dillos are immune to it.
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GunnyMack wrote:
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Paul its my understanding the 'dillos are immune to it.
Interesting.

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Thread drift? Who? ME? :o

Better stick to this one then. Plus, there's much more meat than on the 9 banded ones...

https://tenrandomfacts.com/giant-armadillo/
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And then there's the tatú peba, the hair armadillo.

https://www.portaldosanimais.com.br/inf ... tatu-peba/
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Chan eil mi a 'tuigsinn.
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Dad always said an armadillo is a possum on the half shell.
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