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Should I rescue a feral iguana?

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Posted by: ChaoticCoyote at Sun Nov 6 07:35:46 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by ChaoticCoyote ]  
   

My mother called and told me she'd seen an iguana in a small park. She knows my fondness for reptiles, and thought I might want to look into it. And indeed, I discovered a loose green iguana there; about 18 inches SNVL, tail intact.

At that size, the animal is likely an abandoned pet, and its long-term survival is unlikely. I live in West-Central Florida, Pinellas County to be precise; the temperatures have fallen into the upper forties at night recently, and it can get below freezing here for as much as several days in a row. The climate is fine for mammals, but I doubt the iguana is going to do well once the colder weather comes in.

I'm a firm member of the "think globally, act locally" school of problem solving. I see no point in allowing any creature to die of exposure if I can do something about it.

Of course, having performed wildlife/animal rescues many times before, I'm also aware of the difficulties involved in this operation. The iguana is a half-mile from my house is a tiny park near a busy intersection (Hercules and Sunset Point, for any locals out there.) The reptile appears to have settled into a small area bordered by a street, a mini-mall, and a tiny lake.

And just to add spice, the lake contains a five-foot alligator.

I'm no Steve Irwin, and I don't want to win a Darwin Award; I do want to capture an adult iguana before it freezes to death.

I'm open to suggestions about traps and techniques.

At the moment, I'm leaning toward using three people, hoping to corner the iguana near the building. If I could, I'd try to find it during the cooler morning hours, when it's slower. I have a hard-enough time catching my own iguana, Rex, once he gets warm...

I look forward to your comments.
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