Iguanas could rain down from trees in Florida as temperatures plunge The animals can grow several feet long and weigh up to 25 pounds, which can be dangerous to people — and sidewalks — when they torpedo out of a tree, the report said.
And residents shouldn’t try to rescue any iguanas by bringing them into warmer temps because they may heat up in more ways than one, a wildlife expert told USA Today.
“Iguanas have sharp teeth, claws and a long tail that they may use to protect themselves when acting defensively which can potentially be a safety risk,” Sarah Funck, an official with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the paper.
➡️ Don’t bring wild green iguanas into your home or your car – they can recover quickly in warm temps and use their long tails and sharp teeth & claws when defensive. Also keep in mind that people cannot be in possession of live green iguanas without a permit as they are a Prohibited species in Florida.
➡️ Don’t relocate or release green iguanas (or any nonnative species) – it is illegal and can harm native wildlife.
➡️ Homeowners can humanely kill green iguanas. Iguanas, like all nonnative, invasive species, are not protected in Florida except by anti-cruelty law. If you are not able to safely remove iguanas from your property using humane methods, please seek assistance from a professional wildlife trapper.
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