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6-Foot Iguana Found in Waimanalo on Oʻahu

February 13, 2017, 3:36 PM HST
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A six-foot-long iguana was turned in on Sunday by a resident in Waimanalo on Oʻahu, who found the lizard while doing yard work.

The resident contained the animal and called the State’s toll-free Pest Hotline at around noon.  Inspectors from the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture picked up the iguana later that afternoon.

When fully grown, iguanas may reach up to six-feet in length from head to tip of tail. Its tail is quite powerful, acting as a dangerous weapon in fending off enemies. Iguanas are native to central Mexico through South America and are typically vegetarians, but are known to disturb bird nestlings and feed on eggs.

Although they are believed to be established in some areas on Oʻahu, it is illegal to import, possess or transport iguanas in Hawaiʻi. Persons possessing illegal animals are subject to stiff penalties, including fines of up to $200,000 and up to three years in prison.

Anyone with information on illegal animals should call the state’s toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378). Individuals who have illegal animals are encouraged to turn them in under the state’s amnesty program, which provides immunity from prosecution. Illegal animals may be turned in to any HDOA Office, municipal zoo or Humane Society – no questions asked and no fines assessed.

Iguana recovered from Waimanalo, Oʻahu. PC: Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture.

Iguana recovered from Waimanalo, Oʻahu. PC: Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture.

Iguana recovered from Waimanalo, Oʻahu. PC: Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture.

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