Florida residents encouraged to ‘kill green iguanas whenever possible’
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is encouraging residents to “kill green iguanas whenever possible.”
The FWC says the “invasive species”, which are not native to Florida, can cause damage to seawalls, sidewalks, and landscape plants.
Updating their guidelines the FWC said:
”This species is not protected in Florida expect by anti-cruelty law.
“Homeowners do not need a permit to kill iguanas on their own property, and the FWC encourages homeowners to kill green iguanas on their own property whenever possible.
“Iguanas can also be killed year-round and without a permit on 22 public landsin south Florida.”
They justified the update by saying some green iguanas cause damage to infrastructure by digging burrows that erode and collapse sidewalks, foundations, seawalls, berms and canal banks.
While also citing the fact green iguanas can transmit the Salmonella to humans through contact with water or surfaces contaminated by their feces.