What Type of Tracks Do Iguanas Make?

Foot and tail prints are common signs that an iguana has been in the yard. Iguana tracks are distinct from those left by other reptiles because of their size and appearance. Much larger than geckos or anoles yet smaller than alligators, these pests may reach five or six feet in length and weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. Most visible in mud or sand, their tracks consist of five-toed footprints surrounding a line made as their straight tails drag the ground.

Property Damage

Residents are likely to find iguana tracks near ponds or storm water ditches, as the pests congregate here to bask in the sun or cool off. When iguanas burrow near seawalls, their tunnels can lead to erosion and flooding problems. As the pests feed on ornamental plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables, their footprints may also be spotted in gardens or around landscaped areas. In addition to tracks, iguanas leave behind foul-smelling droppings. Since their feces often contains Salmonella, residents should be cautious when attempting cleanup.

Prevention & Removal

Caging or screening off garden plants may protect them from iguanas but won’t stop the pests from wandering into yards. Iguanas’ strong climbing ability makes them difficult to keep away even with fences in place. Because these reptiles can act aggressively when provoked or harassed, property owners who attempt to remove the pests on their own may receive deep scratches or painful bites. After finding iguana tracks or footprints in the yard, call the wildlife experts at Trutech for safe and effective removal.