Iguanas are very common in Florida, especially south Florida, but they are not native to our state. They were introduced to the wild here by irresponsible pet owners turning them loose. They thrive here in our climate, and with a lack of natural predators some areas of the state are being completely overrun.
April 10, 2021
I - Iguanas
Photo taken in Fort Lauderdale Florida
Unfortunately they are troublemakers. They destroy gardens, leave big messes on decks and pool areas, but even worse they tunnel down and cause severe damage to seawalls, sidewalks, and even home foundations.
It's a shame, through no fault of their own, that they are now considered such a nuisance. Killing them is not only legal, but sadly it's encouraged if they are on your property here in Florida. :(
I happen to love green iguanas. I had one as a pet years ago. They have so much personality, it's like having a really goofy green dog.
An interesting fact, Iguanas can't tolerate cold weather. They don't exactly hibernate, but they become immobile when it gets really cold and will often fall out of trees. They appear to be dead, but they revive once they warm up. Over in Fort Lauderdale where they are really overrun with iguanas the weather service has to put out falling iguana warnings when our weather gets really cold.
When we visited Hollywood Beach in south Florida a couple years ago we came across this scary creature...
Photo taken at Hollywood North Beach Park
This is a Black Spiny Tailed Iguana. Talk about creepy! There were hundreds of them along the bay. The duck in the background was squawking like crazy at him and scared him away. Apparently the duck didn't like him any more than I did!
More Life in Florida on the way Monday for the A to Z Challenge.
Linking up with Eileen at Saturday's Critters.