Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 3, 2019

Non-native Iguanas spread in Florida as climate warms 

The Washington Post reported on the problems spread by the exploding population of non-native  Iguanas that is likely due to climate change

the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has declared open season on the exotic reptile.

“The FWC encourages homeowners to kill green iguanas on their own property whenever possible,” the commission recently wrote on its website. “Iguanas can also be killed year-round and without a permit on 22 public lands in south Florida.”

Agency biologists say they don’t know how many iguanas are in Florida, but they know the kinds of problems they’re causing. These include “erosion, degradation of infrastructure such as water control structures, canal banks, sea walls and building foundations,” state biologist Dan Quinn said in an email.

Along with doing damage by digging, iguanas destroy landscaping and ornamental plants, including some that are endangered. They can also carry salmonella

Read full article at  Iguanas spread in Florida as climate warms: ‘They’re a menace’ – The Washington Post


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