Iguana Removal Laws in Florida: How to Legally Control Iguanas

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Jan 20, 2024 | Tips & Tricks

Green iguanas are an invasive species in South Florida as determined by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). As a result of this determination, iguanas are not protected in Florida except by anti-cruelty laws, and as such it is not illegal to humanely kill iguanas on your property or with landowner permission. In fact, the FWC encourages removing iguanas from your property and will discourage iguanas from being kept as pets.

Even a pet iguana can be harmful if they escape or are released into the wild, so iguanas cannot be kept by pet owners without a permit. Even captured iguanas that are meant for disposal aren’t legal to hold without having a permit for them.

These reasons are why you should put your trust in a team that’s knowledgeable about Florida’s various iguana control and removal laws. We are a company that knows how to deter green iguanas so it is not always necessary to kill iguanas. A company like Iguana Control that specializes in iguana removal and will remove iguanas from your property and prevent iguanas from returning to your private property year-round.

Understanding Green Iguanas and Why They Thrive in Florida

Green iguanas are reptiles whose native range extends through South America. They thrive in tropical to subtropical climates and this is primarily why they do so well in Southern Florida. Southern Florida’s climate is ideal for these lizards to not only live but to propagate and thrive.

It isn’t atypical to find green iguanas inside swimming pools as a means of regulating their body temperature after lying in the sun for a while. This mimics their natural behavior of swimming in the ocean after heating their bodies in the sun in a tropical climate. However, it can be a problem when you’re trying to take a swim.

The climate in South Florida is perfect for green iguanas and as such, they tend to thrive in our subtropical climate.

Understanding Why the FWC Encourages Removal of Iguanas in Florida

As we’ve said before, iguanas are an invasive species in the state of Florida. This means that they’re subject to animal cruelty laws but can still be exterminated on your property or with the consent of the property owner. Otherwise, you aren’t subject to any sort of restrictions for the sole extermination of iguanas on your property. However, there are a few other laws that require a permit.

If you’re going to be trapping iguanas for any period of time without exterminating them immediately, you must acquire a permit. This will ensure that you’re not reselling or rehoming the animals to people who wish to keep them as pets instead of getting rid of them. This is important to ensure that not just anyone can house a large number of green iguanas for any reason just because they want to do so.

Another exception to this rule is if you house a green iguana as a pet. The state of Florida requires you to have a permit to house the lizard as a pet. If you don’t have one, then it is likely that the animal will be confiscated and rehomed to an individual who possesses the proper permits to house green iguanas as pets. If you decide to keep a green iguana, then you need to make sure that you have the proper permits to do so, so that you avoid a lot of headaches and wasted time.

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How Iguana Control Operates Under Florida Law

Iguana Control is dedicated to operating within Florida law when it comes to the removal and disposal of green iguanas. We take special care to make sure that all of our technicians are licensed and insured so that there are no possible ways that your interaction with our business is anything but pleasant and beneficial for you. We also take care to maintain the proper permits so that none of our business practices interfere with Florida’s strict laws regarding green iguanas.

We ensure that we have the proper permits at Iguana Control. Since we sometimes catch several iguanas on a singular property it’s important for us to have the right permit for temporary housing the iguanas before disposing of them. We make sure that we always have these permits to ensure that there are no snags in the process of clearing iguanas from your property.

It is our goal at Iguana Control to make sure that we do the job right and that we do it within Florida’s legal system. When you choose Iguana Control you can rest easy knowing that we will be doing the job the right way.

Contact Iguana Control to Safely Remove Iguanas From Your Property

The removal of green iguanas from your property is a task that you should leave to professionals who know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to solving your iguana problem. Instead of facing the problem alone, Iguana Control encourages homeowners to seek assistance in removing these pesky animals that endanger native species in the canal banks and other areas of South Florida.

The FWC recommends hiring a professional to deal with iguanas on your property as they are wild animals and as a result, are unpredictable. They also recommend property owners take steps to repel iguanas, like removing plants to make sure that iguanas have fewer spaces to rest or regulate their body temperature. Property owners will also have fewer surfaces contaminated by iguanas and their bodily functions.

Make sure to contact us for a free estimate on what we can do for the current iguana problem at your property. Iguana Control is your source for taking care of iguanas whether your property is residential or commercial because we can handle any iguana issue be it big or small. Prevent damage to your property and help the local ecosystem in your area by contacting Iguana Control today to learn how we can help you solve your iguana problem.

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