|This young 12 year old catches the Iguanas around the Marina to have a companion for the day. This baby one is the youngest we have seen so far.|
|We see them all over now but these guys were down by the 7 mile bridge trail.|
|I wonder if he is a Guard Iguana|
Day of the Iguana
Some say there are at least three species of Iguanas in the Florida Keys, maybe more but "The species was first officially described by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1758. In the two centuries since then, numerous subspecies have been identified, but later classified as merely regional variants of the same species. (Wikipedia)" I know there are several colors for sure. Some locals here believe that the colors change as they age but wiki says: "Despite their name, Green Iguanas can come in different colors. In southern countries of their range, such as Peru, green iguanas appear bluish in color with bold black markings. On islands such as Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba, and Grenada, a Green Iguana's color may range from green to lavender, black, and even pink." All I know is that they come in really cool colors.
The Green Iguana Society: States:
|"The Problem: The term “feral” is used to describe animals that used to belong to someone|
as pets or livestock, but now live on their own as wild animals. Feral iguanas are common
in some parts of southern Florida. To be more precise, the wild green iguanas in Florida are
a mix of former pets and the offspring of these animals. Green iguanas are generally thought
not to be native to the United States. This places wild green iguanas in the category of “invasive” or “exotic” species -- "