A Little Green Iguana, 26 July 2018

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana;
Monroe county, Florida: 26 July 2018.

Considered to be somewhat a “nuisance” species, the Green iguana is a fairly large non-native reptile now well-established throughout much of south Florida — especially along our coastlines. I see them most often in the Miami area and in the Florida Keys. At times, it can almost feel like there are more iguanas than people when I’m in the Florida Keys… Okay, not really, but you get what I mean. There’s a lot of them. They’re good runners, adept climbers, and agile swimmers. Truly, they’ve got all the tools they need to scratch out a fairly comfortable living in the Florida Keys — an area rife with non-native foliage and an over-abundance of fruit to eat.

Featured here is a youngster, a kid really, I photographed this past week in the Lower Keys. Iguanas are surprisingly energetic — and not just as kids. Even the big, heavy adults can really tear up some asphalt when they’re inclined to do so. As for this kid, it was at the tail end of ecdysis and was sporting some brilliantly fresh and clean scaling. By iguana standards, it was a fairly tolerant and cooperative little lad!

Learn more about Green iguanas in Florida from the FWC!

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