The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which protects crocodiles and places strict guidelines on hunting deer, has put the scaly, yardlong-or-more creature also known as the green iguana on its hit list.

Residents … Now that summer has arrived, invasive green iguanas, which have no natural predators, are multiplying like rabbits in South Florida, causing internet, phone and … The commission issued a directive describing the green iguana as an invasive species, citing damage they wreak on seawalls, sidewalks and plants. In 1966, the first scientific report on invasive iguanas in South Florida was published. The green iguana is the most in-your-face invasive species in South Florida. The district has hired trappers to remove iguanas in the past, only to have the lizards return in greater numbers a few weeks later, said spokesman Randy Smith. The head-bashing technique has been described by Florida’s wildlife officials as being quick and humane, and within the bounds of the state’s anti-cruelty laws. Don't let the names fool you - the iguanas are not native to the United States of America and they aren't always green. The only thing wildlife managers and scientists can say for sure is that the iguana population has come back with a vengeance from a freeze that killed off many of them a decade ago. One agency, the South Florida Water Management District, has dealt with so many issues from big burrowing lizards that it’s working on what appears to be the state’s first formal assessment of iguana damage — if only to drainage canals crisscrossing much of the region. Green iguanas aren’t the only non-native species currently creating problems in Florida. The lizards were introduced to Florida in the 1960s, and can now be found in most parts of the state, with sightings as far north as Pensacola and Panama City Beach. To deter iguanas from encroaching on their property, residents are being asked to “humanely harass” the animals, spray them with water, remove their preferred plants from gardens, fill in holes, and hang wind chimes (an acoustic deterrent) and CDs (a bright visual deterrent).
Iguanas caught at the zoo are euthanized. The animal rights organization said that, if authorities want to continue telling the public to kill iguanas, they should properly inform them of the most humane methods to do so. Florida’s sub-tropical climate and abundant vegetation creates confidence among iguana owners that they can release their pet lizards in the wild and they will go on living happily, said Campbell, who worked on a 2016 Department of Agriculture-led study of a long invasive reptiles, including green iguana. This story has been shared 111,023 times. North Florida is a bit too cold, however, so no issue there.

They do not pose a threat to humans and can be kept as pets in Florida. In that assessment, the lizard ranked 15th out of 37 problematic invasive reptiles and was designated a “high management concern.” But the study also classified it as having a narrow potential range and suggested that no research on control methods was needed. Females can lay nearly 80 eggs per year, and the animals can live up to 10 years in the wild.

But Iguana iguana needed human assistance to get to the United States. They can cause considerable damage to infrastructure, including seawalls and sidewalks. The population of invasive green iguanas in Florida is increasing exponentially, and authorities want locals to … Females are ready to reproduce at around two years of age. As for impacts, based just on anecdotes, it’s a lot. “They busted through the foundation and caused the pipes to collapse,” said Braeseke, who runs Cooper Colony Country Club in Cooper City. The Argentine tegu lizard is spreading through several southern states, feasting on the eggs of ground-nesting birds and other reptiles, such as American alligators and the endangered gopher tortoise, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

They get no love from Joseph "The Croc Doc" Wasilewski, a crocodile and iguana expert at the University of Florida.

Married father of 3 wears skirts, heels to work because 'he can'. Because green iguanas are not protected in Florida — except by anti-cruelty law — homeowners do not need a permit to kill them on their own property.

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That allows us to determine where to focus our trapping efforts in an effort to eradicate this species,” Jensen said. An Ohio man threw an iguana at a restaurant manager.
The sparse research on their numbers, how fast the population is growing or how much damage they are doing is narrowly focused or outdated. The native range of green iguanas extends from Central America to the tropical parts of South America and includes some Caribbean islands. We've received your submission. Hatchling and young green iguanas usually are bright green. Election Day could turn into "Election Week" with rise in mail ballots, Green iguanas wreak havoc on Sunshine State. Citizen complaints about the invasive reptiles had become so numerous that they made a tentative stab at doing something about it early this year, giving the green light for residents to “humanely kill green iguanas on their own property whenever possible.”, Get unlimited digital access for just $3.99 a month to #ReadLocal anytime, on any device.GET OFFERPlay VideoDuration 1:46Green iguanas, a nuisance by property ownersWhen it comes to invasive species, the green iguana rivals the Burmese python as the poster child for animals that shouldn’t naturally be hanging out in South Florida. First published on July 3, 2019 / 4:17 PM. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. What is ballot harvesting — and should you hand your ballot to a stranger? Regulatory Status. Females grow to similar lengths, but weigh no heavier than around 7 pounds (3.2 kg). At least 20 juveniles and two large males lined a small area near the course’s entrance one late morning in October. Battleground Tracker: Biden leads in Wisconsin, has edge in Arizona, A behind-the-scenes look at how mail-in ballots are processed. During especially cold times in South Florida the iguanas can be found dropping out of trees as their metabolism slows down and they lose their grip on the tree branch they were holding on to. Male green iguanas grow to around 5 feet (1.5 meters) long and weigh upwards of 17 pounds (7.7 kg). I only say this because I’ve seen them eaten in the movies and reality TV shows and have no idea of their nutritional value.

No suggestions were offered as to how homeowners were supposed to kill the lizards, aside from saying green iguanas are not a protected species, though they are protected by anti-cruelty laws. Several years, ago, in the Florida Keys, iguanas were gobbling up the host plant for the endangered Miami blue butterfly. Your Ad Choices ': Maskless woman booted from plane coughs on passengers, Neil deGrasse Tyson warns asteroid could hit Earth day before election.

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