Animal Rangers Florida - Lizard Information

Animal Rangers, FL Lizard Information - Florida Wildlife Control Services
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Animal Control & Nuisance Wildlife Management Services
Pest Control and Bee Removal Specialists
Florida is home to a huge population of invasive lizards, including iguanas.  Iguana animal control and iguana trappers are trained
to remove these pests from your property or yard. Lizards and iguanas, especially the green iguana, is an invasive animal in  
Florida.  Iguanas are not native to Florida – they were initially introduced in the Florida Keys through stowaways on shipping
vessels, but later were traded as pets.  Iguana owners releasing their pets into the wild have resulted in the overpopulation of
iguanas in many areas throughout Florida today.

A common place for iguanas to take up residence are in the attics of houses.  If there is an iguana or lizard population in the attic of
a house, an iguana or lizard removal specialist must be called.  Not only should the iguana be removed, but their living habitat
needs to be sanitized and cleaned by an iguana animal control specialist.

Iguanas also like to live and forage around waterways and ponds.  Canals and intracoastal areas provide ideal habitats where
iguanas are likely to take up residence.  Any property near a beach is in danger of an iguana colony foraging for food in the
property.  This will utterly destroy landscaping and gardens in a property.  The feces of an iguana or lizard may create an unhealthy,
unsanitary environment that is no place for children or household pets.  Their feces can also carry bacteria and contaminate the
water supply.

In January 2008, and again in January 2010 a large population of iguanas in South Florida suddenly dropped from trees because of
uncommonly cold nights, and littered parks and property.  This helped to give an indication of just how widespread and prolific the
iguana population has become in South Florida.

How to spot an iguana?  The most prolific of the iguana types is the common or green iguana. Despite their name, they sometimes
can appear bluish or orange in color.  Iguanas have spikes on their back to help defend against predators, and whip-like tails that
can cause painful strikes if an iguana is threatened.  Iguanas also possess sharp claws and teeth. This can cause injury to
household pets or children if they get too near an iguana, and the iguana feels threatened.

The green iguana is large and one of the largest in the iguana family of animals.  Adult iguanas can grow up to 5-6 feet long from
head to tail.  Males can weigh up to 8-9 lbs, and females are smaller, weighing 3-5 lbs.

Iguanas can be dangerous to have within a populated area.  Iguanas can carry bacteria and disease that is dangerous to humans.
Salmonella is one of the most common ailments that make iguanas dangerous – salmonella can be carried in up to 90% of reptiles.  
Salmonella lives in the intestine of the iguana.  The bacteria can be transmitted to humans through the iguana feces.  Salmonella is
a serious ailment with side effects for humans such as fever, nausea, stomach pain, and diarrhea.

If iguanas are spotted in property, or especially inside a house such as an attic, a professional iguana removal and iguana control
technician should be called right away, to remove the iguanas humanely and safely.  Prevention of more iguanas, as well as
sanitizing and cleaning the area in which the iguana lived is also very important.
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