Florida residents urged to kill iguanas ‘whenever possible’

Non-native iguanas are multiplying so rapidly in south Florida that a state wildlife agency is encouraging people to kill them.

On Thursday 4th July, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said people should exterminate the lizards on their properties as well as on 22 areas of public land. It did not say how civilians should try to kill them.

“Homeowners do not need a permit to kill iguanas on their own property, and the FWC encourages homeowners to kill green iguanas on their own property whenever possible,” the agency said.

Iguanas are not dangerous or aggressive to humans but they can dig lengthy tunnels, damaging pavements and building foundations. They can sometimes carry salmonella bacteria.