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Are Iguanas Native To Florida?

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There has been a lot of news about Iguanas in Florida, they are there in huge numbers. In fact, the number of them is so large that, in the year 2000, there were virtually no green iguanas on Grand Cayman island at all. However, only eighteen years later, there were an estimated 1.6 million, and by now, that number has probably exceeded 2 million. That has led a lot of people to ask if Iguanas are native to Florida, or if they just live there.

The fact is that they are not native to Florida, they are a species more native to Central America, and the hotter parts of South America. The first records of green Iguanas in Florida were in the 1960s, so it is not certain how they got there. However, as they are not native, and they are causing a lot of problems to the ecosystem in Florida, they have banned them, and even called open season on them. That is a pretty saddening fact, considering that many people in Europe enjoy them as pets. If only there were a way to capture them as send them over to pet stores!

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