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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Iggy's Abound

These guys are taking over South Florida. This one was at Fairchild Gardens in Coral Gables, but they can be found in just about any park around. Green Iguanas. Really cute when they are little, and cheap to buy. Then they grow up. They get big. And they can be mean. So the idiots who buy them (without any prior research into what they're getting) decide they can't handle them anymore and simply release them in the nearest park. I D I O T S.


Blue Momma said...

We had an iguana names Chico. He was my hubby's first pet which was all his own. He got quite large, but then got sick and went very quickly. It was really sad.

We never would have set Chico loose on the world! He was a sweet lizard though, if there is a such thing! My Punkin? Would LOVE to go to one of those parks!

Sandcastle Momma said...

My brother-in-law had one of these when he was a teenager. It got huge and he walked it on a leash around the block every day. He thought it would attract girls but a big hissing iguana was not the chick magnet he thought it would be LOL Eventually he gave it to a friend who liked all things reptilian and he got a puppy. We never see them up in here NWFL but we saw a lot of them when we lived in Miami.

SwampAngel65 said...

Please know that I did not mean to imply that everyone who buys an iguana is an idiot. The idiots are the ones who walk into a pet store, spur of the moment, see a cute little lizard that only costs about $25 and say "Hey, he's cute! Let's buy one!" No research. No knowledge of what they're in for.

Kind of like my great grandmother from Norway...she was living in Wisconsin and came down here for a visit. This was back when baby alligators were sold to tourists. She saw one. It was cute. She bought it. Took it back to Wisconsin with her. The last thing anyone in my family knows is that it was living in her bathtub. Nobody knows what ever happened to it.

That is why I totally believe in alligators in the sewer systems of New York!

Laura said...

Just a little off topic, but my grandmother was originally from Norway, also. ;)

But when she lived in Miami she didn't keep gators in the bathtub. (whew).

I used to see them in the trees around my parents house when I was growing up in S. Miami. Here in the Tampa Bay area, however, I haven't seen them in the wild at all.

On a trip back to see hub's parents, we saw a few of them along Red Road near the Snapper Creek canal. I had a feeling the situation you described here must be happening.
People just have no idea what they're about to get themselves into with a reptile like that.

I did have a good laugh over Sandcastle Mommma's story about her brother. LOL! I can just see the girls taking a GIANT step back! :)

lisa marie said...

Poor guy. It's sad that people let them loose.

Sara said...

I am with you. These lovely creatures have migrated as far north as Sarasota - I hear they have taken over Boca Grande. The county is trying to get a hand on them before they take over!