The Green Iguana

What are Green Iguanas 

Green iguanas are a species of large, arboreal lizards native to Central and South America. In Florida, they are considered an invasive species because they are not native to the state and can cause a variety of problems for native plants and animals.


In Florida, green iguanas do not have a protected status besides anti-cruelty laws. It is legal to kill them on private property with landowners permission as long as long as it is done so humanely. 


To identify a green iguana, look for a large, green reptile with a long tail, powerful legs, and sharp claws. Green iguanas can grow up to 5-6 feet in length and can weigh up to 17 pounds. They are typically found near water sources and in trees.

Damage to infrastructure


Green iguanas can dig burrows that damage and collapse sidewalks, seawalls, and foundations.

Damage to landscaping


Green iguanas can feed on plants and cause significant damage to landscapes, including gardens, lawns, and ornamental plants.

Disease transmission


Iguanas leave droppings on docks, porches, and inside swimming pools that can carry and transmit diseases such as salmonella to humans.

Predation on native species


Green iguanas, which are nonnative to Florida and have no natural predators, can grow in population rapidly and prey on native animals such as birds and their eggs, negatively impacting native populations.

Nuisance & Pest


Due to the damage caused to infrastructure and the environment, iguanas are considered a nuisance. They are not protected and can be humanely killed year-round

Interference with electricity


Green iguanas can climb power poles and interfere with electrical systems, causing power outages.