When it’s raining iguanas…

Saw an email from Big Brother this morning…

Iguanas are something you don’t remember from your Florida days, because they hadn’t happened yet. But thanks (probably) to some exotic pet owners who discharged their obligations by releasing their unwanted Iguanas into an environment where they don’t belong, south Florida is now infested with the things. Imagine up to 6′ long alligators that like to hang out in trees, and you get the idea. However, (like I said) they don’t belong here, and occasionally we have a few days of winter low temperatures that really causes them problems. Being cold blooded animals, they go into suspended animation and sometimes fall from their trees, apparently dead. Sometimes a bit of low comedy ensues when some homeowner disposes of a “dead” Iguana in a trash can. Even on a cold day, trashcans sitting in the sun can get quite warm, warm enough to revive a previously “dead” Iguana. Now imagine that you are the trash man!

Those Iguanas Falling From Trees in Florida? They Probably Aren’t Dead

You need to know weird things like this when you live in southern Florida. I imagine it’s something like living in Portland, only less silly and with more large reptiles.

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10 Responses to When it’s raining iguanas…

  1. Iguana tail is a staple in Central Mexico…surprised they haven’t been eaten.

  2. Mike says:

    Reminds me of dealing with free-range peacocks at the zoo where I once worked. The peacocks were harmless and a public draw, so they were let loose to roam around during the spring/summer/fall. Every year in late fall the keepers would do a catch up to get these birds into indoor enclosures, so they wouldn’t freeze. Sure enough the keepers would miss a few. When the temps got seriously cold at night, there were times when one of the security guys would be out checking on things and a peacock would fall out of a tree frozen. In one case I had to take one of the guys into the hospital because he was hit in the head by one and it knocked him out cold. I still remember the look on the triage nurse’s face when I explained what happened.

  3. jabrwok says:

    So how does peacock taste? Or iguana for that matter…

  4. Mike says:

    @ jabrwok… like chicken of course…

  5. Joel says:

    “Struck by falling peacock” – at least you’d be the only one in town, I suppose…

  6. Andrew says:


    Peacock tastes like a mixture of chicken and pheasant with a little turkey thrown in. Very tasty.

    As to all the invasive species in Florida, it totally sucks. I am personally happy that it has been cold as a witches harrumph-harrumph as that kills the eggs and young of all the lizards and snakes.

    Iguana aren’t the worse threat. They tend to just be stupidly annoying. The Tegu, which is kinda like a small Komodo dragon, is a serious threat. Think small alligator that doesn’t need to be in the water. Mean as all heck, will kill cats, chickens, small dogs, anything it can get in it’s ugly assed mouth, which is not a clean place so a bite from one of these turd-burglars will require a trip to someone with really good medical knowledge and decent antibiotics.

    Worse thing abut the damned invasives is they won’t let us just shoot the bastards. Or trap and kill, or just plain eliminate them.

    I swear, if the state paid a bounty of $1.00 per invasive head, the problem would be gone in a year, two at tops.

  7. jed says:

    > Worse thing abut the damned invasives is they won’t let us just shoot the bastards. Or trap and kill, or just plain eliminate them.

    I’ve read about that. As I recall, it’s okay to kill them, if you do it “humanely”, whatever that means. I don’t know much that’s more humane than decapitating them while they’re all chilled out. Now would be a good time to kill a whole bunch of them.

  8. Andrew says:


    Most Fish and Wildlife officers would gladly look the other way, heck, even joining in in tossing the little bastards into a chipper shredder, but then you start dealing with all those small towns and cities around Miami-Dade that are full of idiots who moved from New York and New Jersey and such, who brought their PETA and anti-gun/anti-fun crap with them. It really is a whole different state below the I-4 corridor.

    There’s a small town down there that is infested with wild chickens, and the town won’t allow anyone to trap and eat the damned things, or harvest eggs or, well, do anything to them.

    Me? If I lived down there, I’d be finding al the interesting ways to eat Iguana, Tegu, snake, wild chickens, parrot (yep, they got those too) and just about anything else running lose.

    I think one of the best ways to solve the problem would be to move the non-New Orleans portion of Louisiana down there and tell them to ‘Eat Up!!!’

    I love North Florida. I hate South Florida

  9. Anon says:

    Iguana, known in Belize as the Chicken of the trees! A name I thought odd as the Chickens there roost in trees too….. Very tasty though….

  10. Timbotoo says:

    Last year at the HOA clubhouse in Miami a big iguana was strolling towards the pool. I shooed it away whereby it took a dip in the kids pool crapping as it went. Got out the other side and looked at me. I was expecting it to give me the finger!

To the stake with the heretic!