Iguanas: A Growing Dilemma
Iguanas have been imported as pets for many years In the past decade, many have escaped or have been released and have now claimed South Florida as their home due to our subtropical climate and lush gardens around our homes, the Iguana’s have thrived with virtually no natural predators They also reproduce fast; a single female adult can lay up to 30 eggs at a time
Problems. . .
Iguanas get to enjoy our back yards more than we do. . .And when we want to go outside, we have to deal with their droppings all over our boats, seawalls and patios. . . Our expensive plants become their salads And their burrows (homes) undermine sidewalks, seawalls, and foundations They are carriers of salmonella, and are dangerous to other animals
Several options are available, not all are prescribed for every situation. . .Avoid planting vegetation that Iguanas prefer Fill burrows with concrete and sand. Stop neighbors and people who feed them, any means necessary. . . Like a letter or something. . . .’