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Posted on: January 25, 2019

Helpful Iguana Information

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Dealing With Iguanas

In response to the concerns about the growing iguana population in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, the Town Commission has taken three proactive steps to control its growth:   

- Amended the Town Code (Sec. 14-14) to permit limited use of an air gun to kill iguanas on a person’s private property.

- Recently hosted a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) community workshop on humane deterrent and removal techniques. 

- Awarded a contract to Florida Animal Removal for Iguana and Non-Native Lizard Removal Services. 

What can I do as a homeowner?

Green iguanas, spiny-tailed iguanas, monitors, tegus and several other invasive lizard species are non-native to Florida. The population continues to multiply and Floridians have seen the impacts of their presence on infrastructure, landscaping, and buildings. In order to control or deter the critters from the property, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) emphasizes that the animals must be treated humanely when taking steps to protect and eliminate them from your property.

Tips and Prevention

You may learn more facts about iguanas, and tips about prevention, exclusion deterrent techniques by visiting the FWC website. Brochures, useful links and the presentation slides from the technical workshop can be found on the same webpage.   

Assistance is available from the FWC South Regional Office in West Palm Beach. Tel: 561-625-5122.

Iguana and Non-Native Lizard Removal Services

The iguana removal services of Florida Animal Removal are available to residents at the same terms and rates that the Town pays:

    Set Trap: Trapper will set a trap and check daily for one week: $100

    Removal: Captured (live) animal along with the trap removed: $75

    Hand Catch: Animal removal with snare or hand catch: $100

    Free roaming euthanasia via air rifle on location (upon request only): $65

You can contact them directly at 954-980-8221 or via email at 

Please remember that the award of the contract to Florida Animal Removal is not an endorsement of the company by the Town. The information is being provided to assist residents in their search for a removal company. You are encouraged to seek proposals from other providers of this service before making a decision. 

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