The Green Iguana is considered to be an invasive species to Florida and can be a pest to property owners. This lizard can cause damage to property and spread disease through their fecal matter.
Florida does not recognize iguanas as a protected species, except by anti-cruelty laws. This allows for several ways to deal with iguanas, some of which include humane harassment, habitat modification, or capture and removal. Hanging wind chimes that make noises, hanging CDs or other items that have reflective surfaces, and spraying these lizards with water are effective and humane harassment methods. Changing the habitat that is attractive to iguanas is also a great deterrent. By removing foliage they consume and prefer for nesting, along with filling holes used for burrowing, your property will be less inviting. Lastly, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission encourages property owners to capture and remove iguanas whenever possible, but iguanas cannot be relocated and released.
The Town will soon begin removing iguanas from the Par 3 golf course and other public places. We strongly encourages private property owners to do the same.
A new section has been added to the Town’s website to provide information and assistance to private property owners. It includes information about the situation in Palm Beach, how to deter and remove iguanas, and resources available.
Visit the website for more information on how to deal with iguanas, by clicking on the link below.