February 25, 2009

Iguanas deemed a nuisance in Florida town

A growing iguana population has officially become a nuisance in the town of Manalapan, Fla., and action must be taken, town officials say.

Town commissioner Peter Blum said officials have agreed to start talking with animal trappers about a one-time removal of the green lizards, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Daily News said Tuesday.

They are a nuisance, and they breed almost like rabbits, said Blum, who estimates there are more than four iguanas loose in Manalapan.

Police Chief Clay Walker said any exotic wildlife removed from a property must be euthanized according to state law.

The iguanas would likely qualify as exotic wildlife since they are native to the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Blum maintains the iguanas pose a significant threat to Florida flora, the Daily News reported.

They are not cute little animals, Blum said. They are dangerous to plants.