Iguanas

by Camellia June. 08, 2019 357 views

South Florida has become infested with Iguanas and these somewhat harmless creatures are actually doing a lot of damage.

Florida’s iguana problem began in the 1960s after the reptiles escaped from captivity during hurricanes and as unwanted pets released into the wild. While people, such as myself, are fascinated with these lounge-y lizards who sit around sunning all day and on occasion jump into the nearby water, the amount of damage they do to their surroundings is unbelievable. Iguanas have been known to bring down an area's electrical power by chewing through the lines, bring down internet and phone services. As well as damage landscapes, levees, seawalls, roofs and patios, and contaminate pools with poop.

Iguanas reach maturity by 18 months and lay an average of 40 eggs per clutch per year, you can say they multiply like rabbits. And because they grow exponentially in numbers and because they can cause so much damage there are businesses in South Florida, just like other pest control business, who's sole goal is to get rid of the iguanas.

These guys wee hanging out by the Deerfield Beach Bridge in Ft. Lauderdale, basically right where that red car is parked.

Deerfield Beach Bridge

Deerfield Beach Bridge

Getting ready to jump in the water

Getting ready to jump in the water

Didn't act fast enough and he jumped before I could actually capture the jump.

Didn't act fast enough and he jumped before I could actually capture the jump.

Too much sun causes dryness of the skin 😜

Too much sun causes dryness of the skin 😜

Bridge lifting up for water traffic

Bridge lifting up for water traffic

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Bethany Plonski 3 months, 1 week ago

Wow, this is unreal! I had no idea.

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Heike 3 months, 1 week ago

Wow, I didn't know they are such a pest in Florida. And I noticed from your shots they are all looking quite individual.  #13 could be used for an advertising  'This happens if you don't use our Moistruizing Cream'. smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Andi Saw 3 months, 1 week ago

They cost A LOT here... so basically, if you live there and you can catch one, you can have a pet for free! smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Andi Saw 3 months, 1 week ago

Yes, but you know like any other pet, there are so many other expenses that go along with them.

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Andi Saw Replied to Camellia 3 months, 1 week ago

You're right... 
But you can go around saying: "I have an IGUANA!"
I mean... it's cool. smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Andi Saw 3 months, 1 week ago

You got a point smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Andi Saw Replied to Camellia 3 months, 1 week ago

Btw, thank you, because I had no idea they could swim. 
They are gorgeous! 
Are they dangerous? I mean, you got close? They run away? They trued to scare you?

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sydney Solomon 3 months, 1 week ago

Have them deported back to where they originally came from. Mexico.

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Sydney Solomon 3 months, 1 week ago

I am not touching that comment smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Carl L Linder 3 months, 1 week ago

Looked to me like the Iguanas were just posing for you. I suppose you charmed them like you do others.smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Carl L Linder 3 months, 1 week ago

Hahaha! Flatery doesn't work here smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Pete Fitzgetald 3 months, 1 week ago

they looks so cool, and now I know they are a Nuisance too...BBQ Iguana anyone?

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 3 months, 1 week ago

Time to move to Florida Peter smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Björn Roose 3 months, 1 week ago

The description of the damage they do almost makes them ... human smile Except of course for the fact that there's no pest control for humans and that the damage the iguanas do is in the end caused by the humans who considered them to be fit as pets ...

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Björn Roose 3 months, 1 week ago

That was way too deep for a response Bjorn 😉

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Camellia 3 months, 1 week ago

I'm not a comedian, you  know smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Björn Roose 3 months, 1 week ago

You are correct.....more like a nut case smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill 3 months, 1 week ago

but they are sooo cute! 
i know, easy for me to say, cuz i don't live there.. 
pretty tho, great shots..

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Sherry Hill 3 months, 1 week ago

Thanks Sherry. They really are cool looking but yes just like you, I don't live there so I have no clue of how "ugly" they really are smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Russell Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

They are a pretty determent to the state. Sadly Fla has more non native species of lizards that they do native species. The ones that concern me are the Tegu (spelling) and the water monitor lizards. They eat eggs and have a high likelihood of them impacting the American Crocodile population . And Tegu have a nasty temperament and a stupid strong bite so they pose a danger to people children and pets also.

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Russell Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

I really did not realize it was that bad (only because I live in my own little world in Springfield  whose biggest concern is how the meteorologist was fired because he spoke against "Code Red in weather") until I did this tiny research. They seemed harmless and I know people have them as pets but there were pictures on my friend Google's sites that really made me wonder. Actually, one of the sites I looked at indicated how they tried to eradicate and my initial reaction was whoa this is not right until I saw some other sites and pics that made me think otherwise.

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Camellia 3 months, 1 week ago

I have another friend that lives in the area that posted a video about that. I thought that was crazy to say the least. I still have a few family members down in Fla who love the outdoors so from time to time they will tell me about it. I am just hoping that some of these species do not adapt to cooler climates and move north.

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Russell Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

I know I am safe since it gets way way too cold for them over here smile

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