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Hey Brakker1, thanks for the time and effort you and Bonnie devote to the turtles. Many take them for granted but we see them as an integral part of all that is Cayman.
Brakker what is your opinion on the green iguanas? I think they are getting to be such a menace on the Island. The area around the pool stays a mess!!
Sherry my view is that it was a BIG mistake to import https://www.caymanactivityguide.com/files/forums/topic/the first green iguanas to grand cayman. they have become widespread pests! unfortunately, they are now being seen here on the brac. they could have been brought here as pets and escaped or they could have been stowaways on the weekly supply barge from grand cayman. the department of environment is attempting to eradicate them but i see it as a losing battle. i don’t see how they can get them all so i expect the greens will be another unwanted species to contend with. bonnie and i sometime get calls concerning a green. we try to capture it for our doe people and, if successful, it is destroyed.
as a side note, green iguanas were introduced to peurto rico and they became such a pest that they started promoting them for food to reduce the numbers. how did it work? i don’t know….
Brakker that is one reason I don’t want to go back to Aruba. I have seen them get on the lounge chairs there. They are everywhere. I feel like the same thing is happening in Cayman. On my recent visit to Cayman they were all around the pool. I don’t like them and I don’t want them all around me! I hope they don’t take over Cayman like they have Aruba!
As a side note, green iguanas were introduced to Peurto Rico and they became such a pest that they started promoting them for food to reduce the numbers. How did it work? I don’t know….
Tastes like chicken….. :bouncelaugh:
Seriously, the killing of invasive species by hunting for food can be a useful part of a control project.
A good air rifle and box of pellets would yield a lot of iguana meat. Heck, if they need a hired trigger guy I’m their man.
Are green iguanas really such a huge problem there? I was visiting last year and it was alright, have seen a few but not anywhere near resorts. But I was thinking about coming again in 2015 (really looking forward to it) but wife HATES them. They freak her out. So is it safe to come and an introduction to nightmare?