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Giant Lizard (Trouble in Paradise)

Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by Bolts, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Bolts


    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    One of many invasive species here in Florida, green iguanas can get to about 6.5’ in length. We caught this one munching away on regular old grass, but given the chance, he would eat baby birds, eggs, fruit, kittens, puppies, endangered species, ham sandwiches, or pretty much anything. Gotta say, though, he was a fantastic creature.

    Whoops, there’s a 4.5’ long lizard!
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    He saw us! Run away, run away!
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    Last year, we had a nasty freeze here in Florida that went down all the way past Ft Myers where a thriving population of these lizards live. When very cold, these critters go into ‘sleep mode’. Many people reported 6’ lizards falling out of trees onto their lawns and sidewalks. One lady felt sorry for a ‘sleeping’ lizard and brought it indoors where it promptly woke up and trashed her home.
  2. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Wow. What a fellow. Great shots. I'm glad I don't run into him when I'm out shooting.
  3. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    Not exactly accurate. The common iguana does not eat kittens, puppies, endangered species. The animal is an herbivore with the associated specialised digestive system of herbivorous animals.

    The fact that this species has been introduced to Florida and is thriving there is definitely troubling. The subsequent issues that arise from such introductions are often catastrophic for the indigenous species, environmentally as well as physiologically.
  4. ArtO


    Jun 14, 2008
    Great shots. Have the iguanas made it as far north as Tampa?
  5. nice shots, pia
    when we were in Fajardo, Puerto Rico last year.... iguanas were EVERYWHERE

    i like these a lot
  6. InLimbo87


    Jul 30, 2008
    Orlando, Fl
    Have these become a problem because of people releasing their pet iguanas?

    Beautiful creatures, nonetheless, and nice captures.
  7. Bolts


    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    Thanks, Tojor. He was actually quite beautiful, and pretty much harmless, though quite intimidating. I always feel I should 'exterminate' any invasive species when I find them, but it's hard to work up the stomach to do so.

    There does seem to be some conflicting information on just what these herbivores will eat. Though ideally they like foliage, flowers, and fruit, the University of Florida site I checked, after a discussion with a biologist, listed occasional insects, other lizards, small animals, nesting birds and eggs also.

    I made the ham sandwiches up :redface:.

    Thanks, Greg. Not looking forward to them becoming common here in the Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater area.

    Releasees and escapees, yup. Thanks for the comment.
  8. Bolts


    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    I had read that they have gotten as far north as the Tampa Bay area, but the sitings may have been in Bradenton or thereabouts and just labelled as Tampa. Seems like it might be too chilly in the winter for them to come this far north.
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