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History of The Green Iguana

Updated: Jan 26

If you live in or have visited South Florida within the last several decades you would have encountered one of our most famous lizards of all, the Green Iguana. While the Green Iguana is not native to Florida, they have been growing rapidly over the past few years. A native to the South and Central America to include the Eastern Caribbean Islands.


While the Green Iguana was popular as a trade commodity in the mid 1900s. Owners would keep the reptiles as pets and were not considered to be a nuisance. With the Green Iguana growing up to 6.5ft long and weighing more than 11lbs, owners were finding it hard to keep them as a household pet.


It wasn’t until the 1960s that Iguanas were reported to be a nuisance by the Florida Wildlife Commission in “Hialeah, Coral Gables and Key Biscayne along Miami-Dade County’s southeastern coast”. While many suspect this is due to owners unable to keep them as pets anymore due to growth and damage caused by their wiping of the tales and tendency to burrow.


The Green Iguana has since then been increasing in population and repopulating every 3-4 months. With a lifespan of 10 years in the wild and 20 in captivity the Green Iguana has thrives in the warm tropical climates of southeastern Florida. While the further north travel it is unlikely to see the species, they have been known to be sighted in “Alachua, Highlands,Hillsborough, Indian River and St Lucie Counties”.


The Green Iguana is attracted to “trees with foliage, flowers and fruits (Except Citrus fruit) to include almost all vegetables”. It is typical to find them around residential and commercial areas near small bodies of water or the everglades (Similar environments). Keep in mind they are known to cause damage to residential and commercial landscape vegetation.


At South Florida Iguana Removal we want you to know we are here to prevent Iguanas from causing substantial loss to your residence and business. Keep in mind they can also cause “digging of burrows that erode and collapse sidewalks, foundations, seawalls, berms and canal banks”. If you happen to see any warning signs click the link below or give us a call to talk to our knowledgeable staff.

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References:

- https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/reptiles/green-iguana/

- https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/g/green-iguana/

- http://www.tsusinvasives.org/home/database/iguana-iguana

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