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FWC hosts iguana technical assistance workshops in Keys

News Release

Monday, December 04, 2017

Media contact: Sarah Lessard, 850-617-9383; Carol Lyn Parrish, 850-556-2269

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting public technical assistance workshops regarding iguanas in the Florida Keys.

Green iguanas and black spiny-tailed iguanas are large, nonnative lizards that have reproducing populations in the Florida Keys. These reptiles can be a nuisance to homeowners by damaging landscape plants and gardens, leaving droppings in yards and pools, and causing property damage by digging burrows.

“Iguanas may impact sensitive natural resources in the Keys, but we do not know the extent of the threat,” said Sarah Funck, who leads the FWC’s Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program. “These workshops will help empower homeowners to manage this nonnative species on their own property.”

The first workshop in this series will be held in Marathon on Dec. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. local time at the Hyatt Place, 1996 Overseas Highway. Workshops are also being planned for Key Largo and Key West.

Workshop participants will learn how to discourage iguanas from their property and about legal removal options and regulations pertaining to the species. FWC biologists will also provide hands-on instruction with live traps.

For updates and to learn more about upcoming nonnative species workshops, visit MyFWC.com/Nonnatives and click on “Public Workshops.”

 



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