It's a long established cultural practice to hunt and eat Iguana in Belize. Strictly speaking, it is illegal to do so without a hunter or dealers' permit. But try telling that to a group of kids we met yesterday on the Western highway just outside Belize City.

They are experienced iguana hunters and literally went out on a limb to catch the mature female they had hog tied and ready for the fire.

Let the law be damned, they told us, "this is a free country."

Young Hunter #1
"We found it right up in the tree there."

Jules Vasquez
"Somebody climbed up in the tree?"

Young Hunter #1
"Yes sir.

Jules Vasquez "How high?"

Young Hunter #2
"All the way up there, on that branch."

Jules Vasquez
"What are you all going to do with this iguana?"

Young Hunter #2
"Eat it."

Jules Vasquez
"For real, but do you know how to prepare it? Because they are particular how you prepare it."

Young Hunter #2
"We know how to clean it and everything."

Jules Vasquez
"Now do you know that you need a permit to hunt iguana?"

Young Hunter #1
"No sir."

Young Hunter #2
"We don't need any permit. Police saw us catching iguana on that tree."

Young Hunter #3
"Belize is a free country, sir."

Jules Vasquez
"Now have you ever tasted iguana before?"

Young Hunter #3
"Yes sir, all the time."

Jules Vasquez
"How does it taste."

Young Hunter #1
"We put pepper - spice it up."

This female was pregnant and Iguana eggs are considered a delicacy all their own...

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