Vol 118 (2005): Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society
Ornamental, Garden & Landscape

Iguana be gonna

Kim Gabel
University of Florida
2005 Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society
Published December 1, 2005
  • iguana,
  • ctenosaura,
  • south florida,
  • exotic wildlife,
  • released pets


Iguanas are no longer just household pets, but are becoming landscape pests in south Florida-eating ornamental landscape plants, burrowing holes next to sea walls, defecating on docks, and swimming with condo residents in the community swimming pool, to name a few problems. A survey was conducted of Florida Extension Agents, University of Florida wildlife researchers, and south Florida botanical gardens that focused on information about: 1) counties that have wild iguana populations; 2) what plants iguana species eat; and 3) what measures are successful for controlling iguanas.