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Iguanas Invade Cape Coral, Florida Neighborhood: Reptiles Dig Seawalls Causing Safety Concern
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Posted on 04/06/2014 5:29:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Iguanas invade Cape Coral, Florida neighborhood: Reptiles dig seawalls causing safety concern

Some residents in Southwest Florida are worried about an iguana invasion in their neighborhood. They say the creatures are digging up holes behind their seawalls -- a major safety concern for some homeowners.

Now, some residents are going to great lengths to try and get them out of the neighborhood.

"We're really scared," said resident Judy Ross.

The reason for Ross' fear?

"I'm getting a little bit afraid of the large ones like this one that must five, they're measured from head to tail, he must be five feet long," Ross said.

But it's not just the size of these iguanas that has her worried. Ross is also concerned about the damage they might cause her home.

"They dig the dirt next to the seawall and therefore it erodes it. I mean, then there is nothing left behind it, there is no dirt behind it," she said.

Ross says the iguanas have become a growing problem in her southeast Cape Coral neighborhood over the last year. She says she's tried a number of tactics to scare them off for good.

"The garbage can doesn't work anymore. I now have a frond. I had a rake that I would scrape along the bottom, you feel like a fool," says Ross.

But that doesn't stop her from trying some other more unconventional methods.

The city says, because they're not considered a nuisance, they won't bother trapping them. Fortunately, seawall experts say homeowners have little to worry about.

"Unless these iguanas are the size of Godzilla, I don't think there's going to be those small lizards can dig behind the wall to cause damage to a six-inch thick structurally reinforced concrete," says David Mulicka, Honc Marine Contracting.

But they still advise any holes be filled more for general safety than anything else.

"There's no part of this I see being a safety issue or structural issue unless somebody falls in the hole," says Mulicka.

Florida Fish and Wildlife says they've only received a handful of reports of iguanas in Cape Coral. They say if you see them to report them. Officials also say you are allowed to trap and kill them, but there are certain restrictions -- one being you are not allowed to poison them.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bbq; capecoral; florida; floriduh; iguana
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1 posted on 04/06/2014 5:29:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

How does roast Iguana taste?


2 posted on 04/06/2014 5:31:47 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: nickcarraway
Five foot long iguanas? Really? I'd like to see a picture of one of those.
3 posted on 04/06/2014 5:31:48 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Vigilanteman

Like chicken.


4 posted on 04/06/2014 5:34:29 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: hinckley buzzard
OK, counting the long skinny tail. Is this another invasive species? Time for a twelve gauge and a hosing into the canal.
5 posted on 04/06/2014 5:36:24 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t worry about your seawall. The ocean’s going to rise over it anyway. It’s confirmed science.


6 posted on 04/06/2014 5:37:21 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: nickcarraway
Are they trying to say that the Iguanas burrow into seawalls?

Or are there seawalls there that have been built by Iguanas?

Or do they just like them, as in "I dig rock and roll music..."

;^)

7 posted on 04/06/2014 5:38:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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8 posted on 04/06/2014 5:39:09 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: nickcarraway

The Tegu’s are the ones you have to worry about.


9 posted on 04/06/2014 5:40:08 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

A 12ga is overkill. I’d just get a .25 caliber, high-power air rifle and snipe them for free. I’m sure someone out there would love to roast them up!


10 posted on 04/06/2014 5:40:34 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: BenLurkin
Or are there seawalls there that have been built by Iguanas?

I clicked on this thread to see if there were pictures.

11 posted on 04/06/2014 5:41:39 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: BenLurkin

They burrow behind seawalls mostly, weakening them.

Getting a seawall repaired can be tough since the EPA gets involved.


12 posted on 04/06/2014 5:41:42 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Wish I was in Tijuana...


13 posted on 04/06/2014 5:42:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: hinckley buzzard

Oh be sporting about it. Use a machete :-)


14 posted on 04/06/2014 5:42:27 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Vigilanteman
“How does roast Iguana taste?”

I have heard that it's quite good. Like a mild freshwater fish like walleye.

15 posted on 04/06/2014 5:43:42 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Iguanas' tails are a weapon. They can whip them and break a dog's leg.

16 posted on 04/06/2014 5:43:52 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Moonman62

17 posted on 04/06/2014 5:44:11 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: nickcarraway

are they sure it’s not an invasion of those creatures from the black lagoon?


18 posted on 04/06/2014 5:44:38 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: CrazyIvan

I heard it taste like reptile.

Both Andrew Zimmerman and Anthony Bourdain (the TV Chefs) have eaten it on TV. Neither one could stomach it.


19 posted on 04/06/2014 5:45:08 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: wonkowasright

A nice little .22 would do the job nicely.


20 posted on 04/06/2014 5:45:53 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Al Gore needs to help us out here,he is the smartest man on earth,he would know what is making the Iguanas grow to 8 feet and eat anything walking the streets.


21 posted on 04/06/2014 5:46:29 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: driftdiver

I can make a suggestion,anyone in Cape Coral with a pet monitor lizard,or komodo dragon,just cut them loose in their back yard, lets see who wins the battles.


22 posted on 04/06/2014 5:48:47 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

People have all kinds of weird reptile pets around here, please don’t say that too loud.


23 posted on 04/06/2014 5:50:10 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nickcarraway

Broward is LOUSY with them. Grrrrr.


24 posted on 04/06/2014 5:50:14 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: wonkowasright

Iguanas disguise their seawalls by making them look like hedges.


25 posted on 04/06/2014 5:51:33 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: driftdiver

Oh Im sure plenty of cats wont tolerate this Lizard Invasion! hey,we have all seen those vids of Cats VS Alligators and Bears,These lizard monsters are just mouses to them.


26 posted on 04/06/2014 5:54:02 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

Bobcats and lynx?


27 posted on 04/06/2014 5:54:54 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: dfwgator

Dang, you beat me to the wall of voodoo reference.

CC


28 posted on 04/06/2014 5:58:07 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Celtic Conservative

Wall of voodoo? What’s that?

Is that the wall that separates those who have Voodoo Donuts and those who don’t?
http://voodoodoughnut.com/index.php


29 posted on 04/06/2014 5:59:47 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: wonkowasright

Hold mah beer and watch this!!


30 posted on 04/06/2014 6:01:48 PM PDT by Smellin Salt
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I wish I was in Tijuana
Eating barbequed iguana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyCEexG9xjw


31 posted on 04/06/2014 6:05:57 PM PDT by AlbertWang
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To: nickcarraway

The iguanas on the island of St. Maartens are alcoholic. They come up and beg for the fruit out of your drinks.


32 posted on 04/06/2014 6:09:47 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I dunno. Interesting to combine santeria and sweet rolls. What I know of voodoo comes from the Bond film “Live And Let Die”. What i know of wall of voodoo is from a one-hit wonder from the eighties.

CC


33 posted on 04/06/2014 6:09:49 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: AlbertWang

here’s a solution,the locals can capture them,and just sell them to their local Asian Restaurants. Yummy!


34 posted on 04/06/2014 6:14:50 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Vigilanteman
"We're really scared," said resident Judy Ross.

So much for fierce, independent women who take charge........If an iguana scares you, commanding a government assistance to your fear, it's no wonder we're screwed.

35 posted on 04/06/2014 6:15:01 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: nickcarraway

Quick, kill them all before they get added to the “endangered species” list....then you’ll be screwed!


36 posted on 04/06/2014 6:19:59 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Unintended Consequences: Expanded Autism Spectrum now includes the entire Obama Administration)
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To: hinckley buzzard
It's called an alligator. She's that lady in the commercial whose eyesight is so bad she calls her cat to come in the house and snuggle with her and is elated when the raccoon shows up.

But seriously, the biggest iguanas I've seen were in St. Thomas and they weren't 5 feet long!

37 posted on 04/06/2014 6:25:25 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

So that’s why there wasn’t any chicken in that chicken chow mein!


38 posted on 04/06/2014 6:34:11 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: driftdiver
Sounds like you have a more reliable source than I. Having had alligator tale and liking it I didn't doubt what I heard.
39 posted on 04/06/2014 6:37:06 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Their bigger then you can imagine

Blnk

It is a fight to the death

Blnk
40 posted on 04/06/2014 6:37:42 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: CrazyIvan

Alligator is good. Iguana is not the same.


41 posted on 04/06/2014 6:49:15 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Vigilanteman

In Central America they call them Tree Chickens


42 posted on 04/06/2014 7:08:22 PM PDT by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m from the NE so lizards aren’t really a part of my life.

20 yrs ago I was was visiting a friend in Florida and all I can remember is the crunching noise at night if I walked on the grass.


43 posted on 04/06/2014 7:10:43 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: hinckley buzzard


44 posted on 04/06/2014 7:15:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: blackdog

I was thinking the same thing. Hell, we would make pets of them here in Georgia.


45 posted on 04/06/2014 7:35:41 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I had baked iguana in Saigon 10 years ago. The meat from the back is delectable and tender, better than gator tail meat, lots better.


46 posted on 04/06/2014 8:26:41 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“A 12ga is overkill. I’d just get a .25 caliber, high-power air rifle and snipe them for free. I’m sure someone out there would love to roast them up!”

A Wrist Rocket sling shot and 5/8 inch hex nuts (14mm) will do a pretty good job as well. And the ammunition is probably easier to get.


47 posted on 04/06/2014 8:28:29 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Fai Mao

http://www.pyramydair.com/a/Ammo/Airgun_pellets/384/calibers_0_25


48 posted on 04/06/2014 8:33:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Fai Mao
Gotta watch that irregularly shaped ammo. They tend to assume strange curves down range.

I'm a snap shot wiz with a wrist rocket. Two out of three tossed beer cans. No aiming just muscle memory. Many years of archery as a youth trained the muscles.

49 posted on 04/06/2014 8:46:02 PM PDT by theneanderthal
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To: nickcarraway

I’m surprised the Burmese Pythons haven’t eaten them yet.


50 posted on 04/06/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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