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Green Iguana

Iguana iguana

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Why This Invasive Lizard Is Bad for Puerto Rico Green Iguana Invasive Species July 10, 2015 - Over the past few years, Puerto Rico has been dealing with an exploding iguana population. Originally brought to the island as pets, the lizards now outnumber people and are wreaking havoc on agriculture, infrastructure, and even air traffic, causing millions of dollars in damages. Since the reptiles have no natural predators in Puerto Rico to control the population except the Boa Constrictor, conservationists are seeking alternative ways of combating the problem. / La proliferación de la iguana verde o “gallina de palo”, como se le conoce en la Isla, se ha convertido en una plaga muy difícil de controlar. No es una especie endémica, sino invasora que no tiene un depredador natural y que es considerada dañina. Su población fue estimada en al menos cuatro millones en el año 2012 por el Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales de Puerto Rico (DRNA). Se presume que hoy día es mucho más alta. Es decir, una cantidad mayor a la población de personas en la Isla. publicidad La gallina de palo se encuentra en estado silvestre desde hace décadas, probablemente desde los años setenta cuando fue introducida como una mascota exótica en tiendas de animales, algo que hoy día está prohibido. Con el pasar del tiempo se ha adaptado muy bien al clima y al carecer de un depredador natural, se ha reproducido descontroladamente.

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An herbivore, it has adapted significantly with regard to locomotion and osmoregulation as a result of its diet. It grows to 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) in length from head to tail, although a few specimens have grown more than 2 metres (6.6 ft) with bodyweights upward of 20 pounds (9.1 kg). Commonly found in captivity as a pet due to its calm disposition and bright colors, it can be very demanding to care for properly. Space requirements and the need for special lighting and heat can prove challenging to an amateur hobbyist. Invasive Specie

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1 Comment

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago

That looks like a bearded dragon from Australia.

tomasfx04
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tomasfx04

Machuchal, Puerto Rico, USA

Spotted on Aug 26, 2017
Submitted on Aug 26, 2017

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