- IGUANA BE WITH YOU
- Iguana kiss you.
- Iguana go now.
- Life is better with Iguanas.
- I’m a tiny dinosaur.
- I guana love you forever.
- Hasta mañana iguana.
- I guana hold your hand.
- I’m a sun worshipper.
Ok, not everyone likes them, or appreciates this amazing modern dinosaur.
The iguana is the most in-your-face invasive species in South Florida.
Unlike the infamous but elusive Burmese python, iguanas freely mingle with people — and often act like they own the place. One jaunty male was videoed recently strolling Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road while others pose unperturbed for pictures along the crowded promenade. They sun on docks and decks across South Florida, poop in pools and graze on gardens. They’ve undermined the kitchen at a golf course restaurant in Cooper City and canal banks along Miami’s Little River. Homeowner associations spend thousands of dollars on landscaping, and iguanas can destroy it in a week.
The scaly, cold blooded invasive reptiles from South America are now overrunning South Florida. They been spotted in the wild across much of the state, everywhere from Gainesville down to Key West, where they have a habit of shorting out power lines.
Florida wildlife managers know they’re a problem.
South Florida has an exploding population of giant exotic lizards and no real plan to do anything about it. The sparse research on their numbers, how fast the population is growing or how much damage they are doing is narrowly focused or outdated. The mostly vegetarian iguana is only a problem to a few native critters, owing to its appetite for certain plants and bird eggs. Iguanas also love to hang around canals and lakes and use the water to make quick escapes. They can hold their breath underwater up to 20 minutes according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They just sit on the bottom until the coast is clear.
A lot of people have mixed feelings about iguanas because they are cool animals: they look exotic with their beautiful colors and aren’t dangerous.
So . . . this card is based on a big orange visitor in my backyard. This card won’t bite, poop in your pool, or chew up your garden. It will let the recipient know you’re one cool dude. A fun card for anyone who loves or rues Florida’s reptile invasion.
See also: Alligator and Palm Tree.