The green iguana is also known as the common iguana (Iguana iguana). But he should not be common in Miami Florida, USA. Like so many who inhabit this area of the world, this imposing creature hails from a foreign land. In wildlife language, that makes him invasive and feral. Most iguanas in Florida originated as pets who either escaped or were released by owners when they grew too large to handle. Now the same sun and tropical fun that lures tourists to South Florida provides the perfect habitat for these reptiles. First thought harmless to their adopted environment, through time they are developing habits proving they maybe more of a serious threat to Florida’s ecosystem than originally believed. (Background information c/o Wikipedia)
Though intrigued to see this reptilian beast in the canal of a parking lot behind a downtown hospice center, he doesn’t look right to me there. So until I get a magic wand to transport him to his natural habitat, I’ve waved my mouse many times to conjure surroundings better suited for a rugged dragon of old.
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Challenge Accepted Iguanas April 2012