Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Iguado the Irascible Iguana

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

 The ABCs of Behavior and Emotions

Iguado the Irascible Iguana

Iguado stomped across the shaded rock looking for a spot of sun for his morning nap. Down the side and across the path he went, criss-crossing patches of rain forest, searching for the elusive rays to dry off. Instead, it began to rain.

Thrashing his tail and gnashing his teeth in anger, Iguado looked left and right, still searching. He spotted another male iguana swimming across the river, but iguanas are not known for their sociability. Iguado scrambled up the nearest tree to hide and observe. Soon the rain stopped. And then he saw it. A big flat rock in the sun.

The invader was heading for a spot in the river where there was such a large opening in the overhanging trees and vines that a whole cluster of rocks remained dry and warm.

Now Iguado was really mad. That spot should be his. He gnashed his powerful teeth and thrashed his tail wildly as he prepared to scramble along the branch and leap to the ground with a fearsome hiss.

Instead, Iguado suddenly found himself dangling by his tail from the jaws of a boa constrictor. He thrashed and snapped his jaws so wildly the snake could not let go long enough to unhinge his jaws and swallow Iguado whole, so our iguano hero escaped with a small bump on the head where he landed against the tree trunk and also minus a large section of tail.

Now, however, Iguado was madder than ever. He marched straight to the river and swam to the rock, kicked the sleepy invader into the water, and finally, finally got his sunny spot.

Irascibility can be bad, or it can come in handy from time to time. For Iguado, it got him into trouble, but also helped him get what he needed (to escape) and what he wanted (the sunny spot). It also left him with a very short and achy tail that would take considerable time to grow back.

Are you surprised I didn’t let the boa constrictor swallow Iguado in one big gulp?

Me, too.


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Alternative Foodie said...

Phew, I was thinking no way Iguado could escape. But he must be too small for the boa, right?

Thank you so much for finding us at nuttybean, Patricia and leaving us a comment. Really wonderful to meet you.

Jan Morrison said...

Oh Pat - love this guy! How he moves through life expecting the worst. Ha! I could see him as a person - perfectly!

Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - I love that little guy! Such a natural, believable reaction when things start to go wrong for him. And sometimes, when things make you mad - er, irascible - it does make sense to just let that irascibility take over.

Julie Luek said...

I think I'm a bit more like Iguado than I'd like to admit, for all the better and worse irascibility offers. Fun story, Pat. What a great collection!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patricia .. we need Iguado to be able to come back again ... and the boa doesn't give us boa feathers .. so he can slink off somewhere else!

Cheers Hilary

Julie Flanders said...

I love Iguado and I'm glad he lived to see another day. I have to admit I could see a bit of myself in him, I tend to expect the worst LOL.

Jenny said...

Irascible is such a great word, and now I will think of Iguado when I hear it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It can be both a positive and negative, so I think it was all right he escaped.

LD Masterson said...

I always think of "irascible" as a compliment. Oh, I understand the definition, I just like that personality trait. Well, in some people.

Silvia Villalobos said...

Iguado is a cool little guy, who just learned his lesson, didn't he? Glad he got our of there. :)
Silvia @ Silvia Writes

Nick Wilford said...

He made the danger from the boa seem more like a nuisance. Irascibility does help you deal with stuff, it seems!

Anstice Potts said...

I must say, these cautionary tales are marvellous. Loved the last lines.

pam2spicy said...

I have to admit it took me a while to realize this A to Z series from you was not for preschoolers. I love them. Look forward to each one. Very clever.

Rinelle Grey said...

I'm glad you let Iguado escape. Much better story. And glad that he finally found his place in the sun.

Rinelle Grey

mooderino said...

I don't think Iguado would enjoy living in the UK. Not many sunny rocks to bathe on.

Moody Writing