09 Jan Iguana Invasive Species Taking Over South FLorida
Iguanas are an invasive species in South Florida and have become a common sight in many areas of the region. They can cause damage to landscaping, gardens, and even infrastructure. Iguanas can also carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
If you have an iguana problem on your property, there are a few options for removal and relocation. One option is to hire a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove the iguanas. This is typically the most effective and humane method of removing iguanas. It is important to use a reputable and licensed company to ensure that the iguanas are handled properly and relocated to a suitable habitat.
Another option is to try to remove the iguanas yourself. This can be challenging, as iguanas can be large and aggressive, and it is important to use caution when attempting to capture them. If you do choose to try to remove the iguanas yourself, it is important to follow local laws and regulations regarding the handling and relocation of wildlife.
Regardless of which method you choose, it is important to remember that iguanas are protected under Florida law and it is illegal to harm or kill them. If you are having problems with iguanas on your property, it is best to seek the help of a professional or to contact your local wildlife agency for guidance.
Iguanas are large reptiles that are native to Central and South America. They are semi-aquatic and can be found near rivers, streams, and other bodies of water. Iguanas are herbivorous, meaning they primarily eat plants, and they have a varied diet that includes leaves, flowers, and fruit.
Iguanas have a complex mating system and reproduce sexually. Male iguanas are generally larger than females and have larger dewlaps (a fleshy flap under the chin) and spines on their backs. During the breeding season, male iguanas will display their dewlaps and spines to attract females and establish dominance over other males.
Female iguanas lay eggs, and the egg-laying season can vary depending on the location and the specific species of iguana. In South Florida, the egg-laying season for iguanas typically runs from April to June. Female iguanas will burrow into the ground to lay their eggs, which can number anywhere from a few to over 60, depending on the species. The eggs will hatch after about 60-90 days, depending on the temperature and humidity.