Reptile Invasion: Managing Iguanas

Iguanas are the largest reptile living in the United States. Originally introduced as exotic pets, escaped or released iguanas quickly resulted in feral populations. These pets turned pests are currently thriving in warmer regions of the country. People who live in southern states, such as Florida, may find iguanas in the house or yard. While young and small, these pests may seem like a minor annoyance. However, iguanas grow larger and heavier as they age. Adults in the wild can reach an intimidating six feet in length and weigh upwards of 20 pounds.

Iguana Habitats

Preferring to live in trees, iguanas spend much of their time sunning themselves. The reptiles are also excellent swimmers and commonly found near water. In fact, iguanas are known to evade predators by diving head first from tree branches into nearby bodies of water. They may also descend from trees to dig burrows for eggs and forage for food. Since iguanas are adaptable and adjust well to open spaces, residential lawns are not off limits. The pests are quite agile and quick while on the ground, making their presence in yards unnerving to many homeowners.

Damage & Prevention

When an iguana is in the home or yard, it will use its razor-sharp teeth to chew through items. The pests often damage expensive landscaping and may be found swimming in private pools or ponds. Their presence can also attract other unwanted wildlife, such as raccoons, feral pigs, and snakes, who feed on the eggs and young of iguanas. Many states have trapping and release laws regarding exotic, non-native animals like iguanas. It’s recommended to call the professionals at Trutech for the safe, legal, and humane prevention or removal of iguanas from private property.