These beasties are mostly tail, but when a really big one is looking at
you, they're all mouth. I've gotten really close to several of them, and
(so far) they don't seem aggressive. It might make you feel better
to know that they eat plants, not people, unless you have a garden, in
which case that's bad news.
Iguanas are cute when they're little. This one even drank water out of
This baby Iguana that is asleep in my hand hatched in the wild in
Broward County in 2001. They've since moved to many more areas of the
state, and are taking over parts of Palm Beach County too.
The problem is that they don't belong here. Iguanas are not native to
Florida. Yes, they're cute little green lizards, but they grow up, and
while they do, they eat our plants, climb trees, poo on our heads, and
displace other creatures that belong here. Humm.... It's a changing
world. I'm sure not the one to decide...
I would strongly suggest that
if you know Iguanas are in the area, do NOT stand under the trees. What
comes down would send you to a disinfecting shower really really fast;
I've SEEN it fall!
This large iguana lives at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. I was delighted
to get pictures of it with it's dewlap out and with its tongue extended!
We had a cold snap that did a number on a number of our iguanas. They
were falling out of the trees dead. I'm not sure if this one made it
through or not.
Check out those yellow feet: