Cape Coral Moves To Regulate Iguanas

The Cape Coral Council (Florida) is holding a public hearing on a resolution to regulate iguana ownership. The resolution asks the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to take action against the reptiles and deem them "reptiles of concern."

If the resolution was passed into law, pet owners wanting to own an iguana would be required to register for a permit and have their lizards microchipped once they grew beyond 2 inches in diameter. Areas of Florida have become over-populated with escaped or released former pets, who thrive and breed in the wild because of favorable climactic conditions and lack of natural predators.

Monitor lizards are already deemed "reptiles of concern" and as such are regulated by permits and microchips, but unlike Monitors iguanas are not deemed to be dangerous to people or their other pets. Other non-native lizards are thriving too, such as the Brown Basilisk, but there are currently no plans to apply the same classification to these species.

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