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How Cold Is It? Iguanas Are Dropping from the Trees.

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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  • jwm January 30, 2022, 7:21 AM

    You need a permit. For a fucking lizard.
    I cannot imagine walking into some government office, and asking for permission to have an iguana.
    May I have an iguana, please?


    • John Venlet January 30, 2022, 8:24 AM

      JWM, your comment brings to mind Month Python’s Flying Circus.

    • Jack January 30, 2022, 9:51 AM

      It’s not as bad as you’d think but you know how things go with bureaucracies. Iguana hunting with air rifles is the way to go and there are plenty of free lancers who will take you out iguana hunting. Most of the vids on YT of iguana hunting also feature a pretty fair helping of T&A but what’s an iguana hunt without that, right?


      • gwbnyc January 30, 2022, 11:42 AM

        -hold about an inch low and keep your lizard warm.

        • Jack January 30, 2022, 4:47 PM

          I love air rifles and I’ve owned quite a few through the years. Most have been break barrel springers in differing calibers and I have found it worth it to have them tuned by a specialist that will do that kind of thing.

          I own one that I would love to shoot iguanas with. It’s a Brit made Daystate Huntsman Regal pneumatic in .25 caliber and I haven’t done so but that rifle is fully capable of killing a deer or wild hog. Don’t believe it…run a YT check and watch guys killing them all day long with Benjamin Marauder air rifles. And the definite upside is that they are nearly noiseless.

          Fully charged and properly scoped these air rifles can bust aspirins at 75-80 yards if the shooter can do his part.

          • Dirk January 31, 2022, 8:59 AM

            Jack I’m very interested in your air gun. How quiet is it. I own ooo a dozen suppressors, a .22 short or the Aguila sun sonic all one hears is bolt slap. Call it research.


            • ghostsniper January 31, 2022, 10:52 AM

              I have a Gamo Whisper Swarm in .22 break barrel and it is anything but quiet. It’s a hard hitter though and yes it will shatter aspirins way out there.

              My son in Cape Coral, FL emailed me this morning and told me the temp was 36 degrees. Said he drove to the store and a light on the dash came on that he never seen before, shaped like a snowflake. He looked it up in the manual and it was a warning that the road could be frozen.

  • Mike Austin January 30, 2022, 8:19 AM

    I camped several times in Santa Rosa National Park in Costa Rica (1986 – 2004).


    The place is full of iguanas scurrying about. So I decided to have a bit of fun—not a good idea as it turned out. I began to seriously harass them, chasing them thither and yon and throwing small twigs at them. After a few minutes of this they had had enough. I chased one to the edge on a patch of jungle, and was surprised that maybe ten of them were waiting for me. They were hissing and opening and closing their mouths as they slowly approached me. Like a good general they did not surround me, and left me an escape route, of which I took advantage—that is, I ran like Hell. Since then I have left them alone. They really are Komodo Dragons in miniature.

    As for that report about same-sex penguins hatching a baby penguin: That “news” was probably planted by Pete Buttigieg.

  • KCK January 30, 2022, 9:40 AM

    I haven’t got any iguana permits, but I do have some Havarti Cheese. Camembert?

    With the Inland Northwest a frozen ice rink, I am not real sympathetic to the Floridians.

    Queer penguins? You’d think so, the way they overdress all the time.

    • gwbnyc January 30, 2022, 11:43 AM

      you are absolved of all sin, past/present/future.

  • gwbnyc January 30, 2022, 11:40 AM

    iguanapops all around.

  • RedBeard January 31, 2022, 10:53 AM

    Weird how they try to portray iguanas as dangerous– “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.” Like they’re bloodthirsty, tree-dwelling members of the alligator family or something.

    What about the thousands of huge Burmese Pythons that have taken over Florida?

  • ambiguousfrog January 31, 2022, 11:16 AM

    A couple years ago I stayed at my brother’s place in Coral Springs, FL. They were all over the place. We bought a pump pellet rifle and rained down pellets on any green lizard that happened to be sunbathing or pop its head out from under the pool deck. I found the skin to be tough when shooting from 25 ft. away, took about three pellets (ballistic tip of course) and a kick off the seawall into the lagoon to be sufficient. Having lived in Florida most of my youth, they’re nasty creatures and don’t belong.

    • ghostsniper January 31, 2022, 2:51 PM

      I lived in Cape Coral / Fort Myers from 1966 til 2006 and the only iguana I ever saw was the one my son bought as a teenager. Gecko’s? Yes, thousands, and harmless insect eaters. Monitor’s? Yes, mostly fraidy cats. Same with gators and pythons. Rarely seen them and when we did they were heading the other way fast. I’ve been gone from there for 15 years but still communicate frequently with many people there and none have ever mentioned a problem with the iggy’s. Oh yeah, BB and pellet guns are illegal in Cape Coral.

  • Mike Austin January 31, 2022, 2:55 PM

    Honduran gold miners know how to treat iguanas.


    And how to eat them.


    They did not taste anything like chicken.

  • Dirk January 31, 2022, 8:32 PM

    Lived in Mazitlan Mexico and San Blas, in 74, o 6 months, been surfing and drinking all day. Was walking home after dark, stopped to pee. Was a ledge head high to my left. Drunk and had the distinct feeling I was being watched I scanned right,,,, nothing. Slowly looked left and one of those things was sitting on the ledge just looking at me.

    Scared the crap out of me, dropped my board and ran like a lil bitch all the way to the condo. I swear it was 12 ft long. Next morning, Surprisingly my board was still their, and so was that lizard thing. About 16 inch’s, sheeesh!

    The crab season was amazing million, no billions of lil crabs crossing the road, was a trip to just sit and watch from the 71 Ford LTD, four door, 429 .

    • Mike Austin February 1, 2022, 1:29 AM

      I took a train from the Mexican-US border to Mazatlan in 1983. Stayed there a few days away from the tourist areas. Hung out at Señor Frog’s a few times—good food and drinks and gorgeous women. Then I eventually made my way to Guadalajara, Puerta Vallarta and Barra de Navidad. Barra then was a hidden gem and far off the tourist track. I stayed near the beach. I would get up every morning, walk 100 feet to the beach where there was a small restaurant and enjoy shots of Tequila and rice and beans.

      Those were the days. And yes, there were iguanas there.