Nico, the iguana, dies

Nico, the Biosciences Department iguana, has passed away. Some facts about Nico: He was acquired in the spring of 2001 at the age of about 5 years. He was donated to the university by a member of the community who could no longer care for a quickly growing lizard. He suffered from a mild case of metabolic bone disease when first acquired, but he was nursed back to health by some very caring student workers. He was the latest in a line of resident iguanas that goes back about 30 years. The Biosciences iguana has always been a favorite stop for campus tour groups, preschool groups, and members of the community. He was about 14 years old when he passed, which is quite old for an iguana. He suffered from no obvious health issues, and died peacefully in his sleep. Click headline for a picture.