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Dinosaur Relatives

Updated on August 30, 2012
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A Gringo who moved to Puerto Rico, Greg loves writing about the island he now resides on. He and Maria also wrote several bilingual books...

I have lived in many places and seen many things. One interest I always have is wildlife. Animals of all kinds are a thrill of mine. I love to learn their ways, their habitats and anything I can of them.

Today was a day that a certain animal took me by surprise and I just felt a hub was in order.

Over time, I have seen some wild animals that just have me thinking they may have been dinosaur relatives. I really hope no one was thinking I was speaking of family members of mine. I may have one or two that would remind someone of a dinosaur, but I won't go there. I'm sure hoping they don't read this.(slightly laughing).

I am living in Puerto Rico right now and I was working on a home today. As I was coming down the ladder I saw an amazing site coming out of a tree. I wondered if I had entered Jurassic Park.

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The Iguana

The iguana looks a lot like a member of the dinosaur family. You do see many of them here in Puerto Rico; the one pictured here is quite large.

Iguanas eat herbs and plants. They may look scary, but are not all that dangerous. Watch their tail though; it can do some damage.

Many iguanas are considered endangered as many want them as pets.

I personally, would rather see them in the trees than in someone's cage.


I used to live in the Ozarks of Missouri.

One day I heard our two dogs barking up a storm and I ran out to find out why. They had something cornered. When I went to see what it was, I was astonished. I thought I had died and went back to the dinosaur period.


Alligator Snapping Turtle

These turtles look so prehistoric it is amazing. They are said to be the largest of freshwater turtles.

They are mean! I put a rather large stick close to it. The turtle lunged at it and bit it in half. They are found in the Midwest United States.

They eat meat, mainly fish. They have been known to deplete ponds of fish.

It is believed that the Alligator turtle lives anywhere from 120-200 years.

Fishing Freakout

As a youngster, I was always heading to the river with my fishing pole. We lived in Fort Dodge, Iowa and the Des Moines river was very close.

One day I hooked a fish that took me a long time to land. At about ten years old, when I looked at this fish and its teeth I think I screamed. Did I catch a dinosaur fish?

Thank God I kept it on the pole and took it home where my step-dad told me what it was.



A gar can be a fishing nightmare in some cases. Look at their teeth.

Gar in English stands for needlefish. They do look like a long needle.

Gar are said to be a primitive fish, so they may have been here when dinosaurs were. Heck, with those teeth, they may have ate the dinosaurs.


There are many more animals that could make this list I am sure. These are just a few that have me thinking there are still dinosaurs on the Earth.

Tell us some you can think of; the comment section is below.

Let's keep their habitats open and safe. Don't go after these exotic creatures as pets. They deserve to live free and wild; admire them from a distance.

© G.L. Boudonck


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      You had that iguana on your head, je je ...I could share the photos.

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      Mother 6 years ago

      You can keep your iguana & other prehistoric animals or mammals (or whatever) in Puerto Rico. I'm afraid I would freak out if I saw one of those hanging from a tree! Very interesting though.

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      Greg Boudonck 6 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Ran away???

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      Untilnevercome 6 years ago

      Voted up and all the rest. Thanks, for sharing...How did you take the pictures...I thought you ran away...he he he ...hugs and blesses writer. Sharing it in SU.