Public Hearing on Regulating Iguanas as Pets Set for Aug. 18
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2008) -- The iguana invasion has been a huge concern for people in Southwest Florida, now Cape Coral is taking action.
Cape Coral City Council has set a public hearing for Aug. 18, 2008, on a resolution pushing to regulate iguana ownership.
"It's recognition of a problem sister cities have that we may not have yet, but indications are that it's a burgeoning problem that we could have an infestation and I think it's better take action now rather than later," said Cape Coral City Councilman Bill Diele, according to a report on TampaBays10.com.Earlier this summer Pompano Beach and other cities on Florida's east coast passed a similar resolution.
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Since: Jun 07
Cape Coral, Fla.
#1 Aug 14, 2008
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates 1 million green iguanas live in South Florida.
1960s: Iguanas began to appear in Key West, probably brought by pet traders or boats carrying fruit from Central and South America.
1992: After Hurricane Andrew, the population doubled or even tripled.
GREEN IGUANA FACTS
Description: Arboreal; earthy green lizard with transverse bands on the body and tail; short, powerful limbs; sharp claws; long, strong tail; large flap of skin (dewlap) that hangs from throat and helps to regulate temperature; prominent crest of soft spines along the middle of the neck and back, beginning at base of the skull.
Size: Male, 4 to 6.5 feet as adults. Female, slightly smaller than males
Weight: 10 to 15 pounds
Diet: Omnivorous as young but adults are almost exclusively herbivores; fruits, flowers, leaves; insects and snails. Young iguanas eat more insects and shift to 95 percent vegetation as they age.
Sexual maturity: 2 years; males sometimes longer (need longer period of growth in order to be large enough to compete for females) Females breed once or twice a year and lay 20 to 30 eggs each time
Life span: 15 years
Habitat: Tree dweller in tropics; trees/bushes close to water in tropical rainforests; prefers temperatures in the upper 90s
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