Florida's Freezing Weather Threatens Invasive Iguana Species

MARGATE, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) — Southern Florida’s unusually cold weather likely will reduce the number of invasive iguanas considered a pest by many, officials said.

Temperatures dropped into the 40s this week, immobilizing the lizards and making them easy to catch, said Tiffany Snow, a biologist with the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Temperatures are expected to drop even more within the next few days, which could kill many of iguanas, Snow said.

Some animal control shelters will accept iguanas and homeowners are allowed to kill them if it is done humanely.

“If somebody is looking to trap them, I guess right now would be a good time because they’re not moving,” Snow said.

The lizards boldly occupy yards and terraces and make a messy nuisance of themselves, Margate, Fla., homeowner Jessica Morgan told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in a story published Tuesday.

“They climb up on the bank and will poop on my dock,” Morgan said. “Fingers crossed that this cold snap will kill them.”

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