At Iguana Control, we employ many topographical solutions to prevent iguanas from infesting or spreading on your property. If you already have iguanas on your property, however, we may have to set traps to safely remove them. Florida law prohibits the relocation, sale, or transfer of iguanas, but it does allow for humane euthanization.
If you want to find out how you can trap iguanas safely and efficiently, contact Iguana Control now.
How to Trap An Iguana
Authorities in South Florida are encouraging the trapping of iguanas now that they are reproducing exponentially and invasive. You can trap an iguana with a live cage or a catch-pole. There are, however, no traps that also humanely kill iguanas on the market.
Live Cage Iguana Traps
This is the most popular way to trap an iguana. The trap is typically made of a metallic cage that is too tough for iguanas to bite through or rip open with their claws. They also have gaps that iguanas can’t slip through. These cages are usually placed around strategic areas where iguanas tend to hang out. You have to use some kind of bait, such as a fruit or vegetable that iguanas enjoy eating. Iguanas love flowers, so it is recommended to place the flowers in the cage as a lure. Once the iguana enters the cage, it closes automatically.
One of the more popular cages is the repeating reptile cage. These allow for multiple iguanas to be caught. Many of them are designed to catch between 20 to 25 iguanas. They have a built-in area where you can place the flower or fruit bait to lure the iguanas in. Our service can then remove the iguanas.
Trapping Iguanas With a Catch Pole
These should typically only be used by a professional, as they require experience. Trappers who regularly use catch poles know how to trap iguanas without injuring the reptiles or themselves. A catch-pole is made of a long, extendable metal rod that is hard to bend or break. At the end is a wire thick enough that the iguana cannot break free from it. It is gently placed around the neck of the iguana from a distance before the iguana is lanced in by the wire.
The catcher is at a safe distance far away because the extendable pole allows them to catch the iguana from several feet. You will still need a cage or trap bag for the iguana, as you shouldn’t keep them on the pole. The captured iguana should be placed somewhere safe where someone is unlikely to release them, and they won’t suffer from the heat or cold. You will also need heavy gloves that are longer than your wrists so that you can remove the iguana from the catch without getting hurt. It is better to allow professional trappers to catch and dispense with iguanas.
Iguana-related Activities Prohibited by Law
Iguanas are considered an invasive species in the state of Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission enacted new laws earlier this year prohibiting private ownership of green iguanas with limited exceptions. If you are already a current pet owner, you can apply for a free permit, but it is illegal to buy, sell, or procure green iguanas. Additionally, you cannot release these animals into the wild. That limits the options available for individuals with iguana infestations. At Iguana Control, our trapping methods are humane and compliant with the law. Contact us today to learn more.
Learn More About Iguana Trapping in South Florida
Trapping iguanas can be a difficult task if you aren’t familiar with capturing wildlife. It should be left to professionals. Call us today to rid your property of iguanas and other reptiles.
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