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Iguanas

Cold weather poses challenges for Florida gardeners, and in some areas, you might even have to worry about falling iguanas!

Iguanas that were originally imported as pets now roam wild in Central and South Florida. Our subtropical climate is ideal for them to survive and reproduce, but when temperatures drop, the cold-blooded animals may fall from trees.

Several species have become established in Florida, including the common green iguana, Mexican spiny-tailed iguana, and black spiny-tailed iguana. Green iguanas are the largest, reaching up to five feet long.

Gardeners sometimes have problems with adult iguanas feeding on plants, flowers, and fruits in their gardens. To avoid this, choose plants that iguanas don't like, or explore other ways to deal with these nuisance lizards.

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