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Title: Iguana Wars
Post by: Mango_Seed on June 27, 2019, 10:51:51 AM
Trap: I planted a garden near the canal. It is mostly grass and mango trees as the iguana have eaten the red ripper cow peas as fast as I can plant them. I built 2 traps 16"x 36"x 36" out of 1/4" welded wire. I planted seeds every 4" underneath them and am waiting for them to come up in a few days. They should be tempting as they have eaten most everything else in the garden.  If I do not catch them soon I will have to modify the one way door on the traps. I may bait with fruit if they do not rush the bean sprouts.

Snares: I also have some snares and saw a video on youtube on snare traps where they attach a bent branch to close around large lizards.

Rhubard: I am tempted to plant rhubard as I hear the leaves are posionous, but it is probably too hot outside. We plan to eat them so I don't know if I should be feeding them rhubard.

Pellet Rifle: I wonder if the Benjamin Prowler pellet rifle sold at Walmart is powerful enough to kill iguana? The ones near me run when I am over 100 feet away so I would have to sneak up on them when they are there. There has to be an easier way.





Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: kingoceanos on June 27, 2019, 11:42:13 AM
I have an older model Benjamin pellet gun and it will take out squirrels, ( don't tell my wife ).
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Fiddler on June 27, 2019, 01:35:27 PM
I'll be following your progress with great interest. Iguanas haven't shown up in my neck of the woods yet, but like all invasive species and tree diseases sweeping through Florida, I figure I'll have to deal with them someday, so I may as well try to learn something now.
   Good luck!
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: gnappi on June 27, 2019, 01:49:22 PM
I have a fairly high powered .177 pellet rifle that will kill a rat immediately and the pellets bounce off of Iguana.

Traps are GR8, once trapped drowning works best.

I'm thinking a .22 CB or BB cap will do the job but it's illegal to touch them off in most areas of So. Flo.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Sleepdoc on June 27, 2019, 02:46:17 PM
 .25 caliber  air rifle at 800 FPS will definitely take down iguana.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: JoeP450 on June 27, 2019, 02:46:24 PM
Mother lives down in Boynton beach on a canal and has been complaining about the iguanas are huge and everywhere... I havenít tried this but was thinking about nailing down a 2x4 piece of wood and then tying off some lines of 100lb test monofilament then on other end small treble hooks baited with lettuce? Think that might get them.

Also if you every have a squirrel problem the ďsqirrelinatorĒ trap works really well baited w peanuts when not around home with pellet gun.


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-Joep450
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: pineislander on June 27, 2019, 03:03:41 PM
Banana and mango make good iguana bait.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: savemejebus on June 27, 2019, 03:32:13 PM
I can neither confirm nor deny any kill count - but I have a .22 Gamo Swarm Magnum that goes 1,300 FPS and is more than sufficient for the iguanas that plague my yard.

https://www.airgundepot.com/gamo-swarm-magnum-air-rifle-22-cal.html (https://www.airgundepot.com/gamo-swarm-magnum-air-rifle-22-cal.html)
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Oolie on June 28, 2019, 12:19:30 PM
Any good recipes?
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: johnb51 on June 28, 2019, 12:26:29 PM
I can neither confirm nor deny any kill count - but I have a .22 Gamo Swarm Magnum that goes 1,300 FPS and is more than sufficient for the iguanas that plague my yard.

https://www.airgundepot.com/gamo-swarm-magnum-air-rifle-22-cal.html (https://www.airgundepot.com/gamo-swarm-magnum-air-rifle-22-cal.html)
Would take out ameiva lizards, too?  The full-grown ones?
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: savemejebus on June 28, 2019, 02:07:59 PM
I can neither confirm nor deny any kill count - but I have a .22 Gamo Swarm Magnum that goes 1,300 FPS and is more than sufficient for the iguanas that plague my yard.

https://www.airgundepot.com/gamo-swarm-magnum-air-rifle-22-cal.html (https://www.airgundepot.com/gamo-swarm-magnum-air-rifle-22-cal.html)
Would take out ameiva lizards, too?  The full-grown ones?

It cuts through iguanas like butter, so I would imagine so.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: RodneyS on June 28, 2019, 02:12:16 PM
Iguanas are delicacies, supposedly.  The tail and ribs are touted as the choice cuts

What about a crossbow?
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Sleepdoc on June 28, 2019, 09:47:56 PM
That looks like a really nice air rifle.  Will definitely take out iguana. 
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Mango_Seed on July 19, 2019, 06:58:14 PM
I was still laughing about some of the stolen mango posts as I approached my garden, which is mostly baby mango trees and saw a iguana. Then it got real and wasn't funny any longer. I felt helpless as a baby iguana walked slowly away & up a cabbage palm tree. I walked away and looked at my the Irwin mango I moved yesterday to make room for a Lemon Zest and saw another even smaller iguana on top of the 3 foot tree. I grabbed him with my ninja fast reflexes and marveled at how beautiful it was.

I need help feeding Iggie now until I can wean him off mangos and cow peas shoots. Actually I think he was eating mostly cow peas & vegetable seedlings. If you would like to help rehabilitate Iggie your mango donations will be appreciated.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: SeaWalnut on July 19, 2019, 07:43:00 PM
I was still laughing about some of the stolen mango posts as I approached my garden, which is mostly baby mango trees and saw a iguana. Then it got real and wasn't funny any longer. I felt helpless as a baby iguana walked slowly away & up a cabbage palm tree. I walked away and looked at my the Irwin mango I moved yesterday to make room for a Lemon Zest and saw another even smaller iguana on top of the 3 foot tree. I grabbed him with my ninja fast reflexes and marveled at how beautiful it was.

I need help feeding Iggie now until I can wean him off mangos and cow peas shoots. Actually I think he was eating mostly cow peas & vegetable seedlings. If you would like to help rehabilitate Iggie your mango donations will be appreciated.
Got a new pet?
Here an baby iguana costs 100 dollars.If they are invasive maybe catch them and sell them to people that want them as a pet.Better idea than just killing them and they could be worth a lot more than the mangos ( in Romania good mangos cost just 2 dollars a kilo-cheaper than cherryes ,pears and strawberryes sometime).
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: clannewton on July 19, 2019, 08:47:53 PM

I imagine what you are getting shipped to Romania are commercial varieties, so the definition of "good" might not be informed. This sounds like a mango snob speaking here in Florida(mango paradise), but you really don't know what you are missing from these backyard varieties until you compare them. They almost taste like a different fruit. I have gotten to the point if I buy an imported store bought mango, a couple of bites in I throw it away in disgust.



I was still laughing about some of the stolen mango posts as I approached my garden, which is mostly baby mango trees and saw a iguana. Then it got real and wasn't funny any longer. I felt helpless as a baby iguana walked slowly away & up a cabbage palm tree. I walked away and looked at my the Irwin mango I moved yesterday to make room for a Lemon Zest and saw another even smaller iguana on top of the 3 foot tree. I grabbed him with my ninja fast reflexes and marveled at how beautiful it was.

I need help feeding Iggie now until I can wean him off mangos and cow peas shoots. Actually I think he was eating mostly cow peas & vegetable seedlings. If you would like to help rehabilitate Iggie your mango donations will be appreciated.
Got a new pet?
Here an baby iguana costs 100 dollars.If they are invasive maybe catch them and sell them to people that want them as a pet.Better idea than just killing them and they could be worth a lot more than the mangos ( in Romania good mangos cost just 2 dollars a kilo-cheaper than cherryes ,pears and strawberryes sometime).
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: SeaWalnut on July 19, 2019, 09:16:04 PM

I imagine what you are getting shipped to Romania are commercial varieties, so the definition of "good" might not be informed. This sounds like a mango snob speaking here in Florida(mango paradise), but you really don't know what you are missing from these backyard varieties until you compare them. They almost taste like a different fruit. I have gotten to the point if I buy an imported store bought mango, a couple of bites in I throw it away in disgust.



I was still laughing about some of the stolen mango posts as I approached my garden, which is mostly baby mango trees and saw a iguana. Then it got real and wasn't funny any longer. I felt helpless as a baby iguana walked slowly away & up a cabbage palm tree. I walked away and looked at my the Irwin mango I moved yesterday to make room for a Lemon Zest and saw another even smaller iguana on top of the 3 foot tree. I grabbed him with my ninja fast reflexes and marveled at how beautiful it was.

I need help feeding Iggie now until I can wean him off mangos and cow peas shoots. Actually I think he was eating mostly cow peas & vegetable seedlings. If you would like to help rehabilitate Iggie your mango donations will be appreciated.
Got a new pet?
Here an baby iguana costs 100 dollars.If they are invasive maybe catch them and sell them to people that want them as a pet.Better idea than just killing them and they could be worth a lot more than the mangos ( in Romania good mangos cost just 2 dollars a kilo-cheaper than cherryes ,pears and strawberryes sometime).
We get our mangos here from better places to grow mango like Brasil,Cote d Ivoire ,India,etc.And your right that the.comercial varietyes costs just 2 dollars per kilo.The fancy bio mangos rippen on the tree,each individually packed ,cost 3-4 dollars / kg.But interesting thing is that the cheaper comercial ones are always better than the bio,more expensive ones ( but i know how to pick them).Bio products here means they are not treated with pesticides and stuff like that.As for the taste,i ate maybe 35 mangos in the past month and none tasted the same .Each feels like a different fruit.
These are all less than a dollar mangos i picked 2 days ago.First 2 red ones taste like mango ,second tastes like lemon zest but the texture is more gritty and swweter than any of the more expensive lemon zest ive ate and the last one tasted sweet with a ,,stinky,, smell to it ,like sulphur,wich it was first time i encountered in a mango.
(https://i.postimg.cc/x1XyS46T/20190720-042556.jpg)
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: clannewton on July 19, 2019, 10:17:20 PM
The last one sounds like a turpentine mango and is an acquired taste. Most turpentine trees are used for rootstock unless you are old school and grew up eating them as an acquired taste. Most back yard varieties would never survive the shipping overseas as they ripen very quickly, especially if picked at the peak time for the best flavor. That's one of the big differences between backyard varieties and commercial. Just shipping backyard varieties in the states with 2 day delivery sometimes is to long and the mangoes arrive overripe and spoiled.







I imagine what you are getting shipped to Romania are commercial varieties, so the definition of "good" might not be informed. This sounds like a mango snob speaking here in Florida(mango paradise), but you really don't know what you are missing from these backyard varieties until you compare them. They almost taste like a different fruit. I have gotten to the point if I buy an imported store bought mango, a couple of bites in I throw it away in disgust.



I was still laughing about some of the stolen mango posts as I approached my garden, which is mostly baby mango trees and saw a iguana. Then it got real and wasn't funny any longer. I felt helpless as a baby iguana walked slowly away & up a cabbage palm tree. I walked away and looked at my the Irwin mango I moved yesterday to make room for a Lemon Zest and saw another even smaller iguana on top of the 3 foot tree. I grabbed him with my ninja fast reflexes and marveled at how beautiful it was.

I need help feeding Iggie now until I can wean him off mangos and cow peas shoots. Actually I think he was eating mostly cow peas & vegetable seedlings. If you would like to help rehabilitate Iggie your mango donations will be appreciated.
Got a new pet?
Here an baby iguana costs 100 dollars.If they are invasive maybe catch them and sell them to people that want them as a pet.Better idea than just killing them and they could be worth a lot more than the mangos ( in Romania good mangos cost just 2 dollars a kilo-cheaper than cherryes ,pears and strawberryes sometime).
We get our mangos here from better places to grow mango like Brasil,Cote d Ivoire ,India,etc.And your right that the.comercial varietyes costs just 2 dollars per kilo.The fancy bio mangos rippen on the tree,each individually packed ,cost 3-4 dollars / kg.But interesting thing is that the cheaper comercial ones are always better than the bio,more expensive ones ( but i know how to pick them).Bio products here means they are not treated with pesticides and stuff like that.As for the taste,i ate maybe 35 mangos in the past month and none tasted the same .Each feels like a different fruit.
These are all less than a dollar mangos i picked 2 days ago.First 2 red ones taste like mango ,second tastes like lemon zest but the texture is more gritty and swweter than any of the more expensive lemon zest ive ate and the last one tasted sweet with a ,,stinky,, smell to it ,like sulphur,wich it was first time i encountered in a mango.
(https://i.postimg.cc/x1XyS46T/20190720-042556.jpg)
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Mango_Seed on July 31, 2019, 01:31:08 AM
Thinking about making modifications to my DIY iguana trap.  I plan to close & lock one way door & install a trap door on top like in the Uhlik Repeater Trap.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2PSDVsZ38U (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2PSDVsZ38U)
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Mango_Seed on August 04, 2019, 01:10:38 PM
'Plants Iguanas and Key Deer Ignore or Eat'

https://floridakeystreasures.com/plants-iguanas-and-key-deer-ignore-or-eat/

Looks like the Monroe County Extension website has updated their site and has eliminated this information, before I had a chance to read it.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: FMfruitforest on August 05, 2019, 09:43:21 AM

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(https://i.postimg.cc/Cdjq5xTV/4-A69-D463-6-E4-A-4962-B016-4-C5-FBC5-CAEDD.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Cdjq5xTV)

Its getting bad here 🦎
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Mango_Seed on August 05, 2019, 03:30:40 PM
I'm thinking about modifying my pole saw into a Naginata to help deal the iguanas eating my plants. 
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Malia on August 06, 2019, 10:38:56 AM
I saw no iguanas in Jupiter, but tens of the Jesus lizards, including in my backyard  >:(
Does anybody know the pest potential of these? I read they are invasive but nothing about what damage, if any, they cause.
My trees are too young to have fruit, but I should think in advance.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Mango_Seed on August 06, 2019, 11:41:56 AM
I watched a few more videos by iguana man on youtube yesterday and saw something to try to modify on my DIY iguana trap.

Also saw them catching bright green baby iguana at night when they were sleeping. They looked like they were easy to spot and catch with only a  flashlight.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Malia on August 06, 2019, 12:57:39 PM
https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248 (https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248)
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: SeaWalnut on August 06, 2019, 01:53:21 PM
https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248 (https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248)
That was a good joke to tell americans to eat the iguanas because ,,they taste like chicken,,.
I dont think its possible when even most of the wildest american rednecks dont eat the boar after they shoot him because it not a castrated pig and about the bones ,they are to sissy to eat carps .
Even here where people eat a lot of carps and all the hunted ( hunted not just shot) wild boars,i think not even the homeless would dare to eat an iguana. ;D
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Tropicdude on August 07, 2019, 12:20:01 AM
Are Iguanas a problem for mangoes?  do they climb trees? not being sarcastic, I really have no idea    if so, I would just put some slippery metallic  skirt around the tree trunk so they cannot climb up. works for rodents,

I have no experience with Iguanas,  but noticed at home depot all these iguana repellents, and a billboard sign on the highway offering Iguana removal service,  so my guess is these critters are getting are now out of hand in Fla.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: WaterFowler on August 07, 2019, 06:40:29 AM
https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248 (https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248)

I dont think its possible when even most of the wildest american rednecks dont eat the boar after they shoot him because it not a castrated pig and about the bones

What? You don't know what you are talking about. What's so special about hog bones anyway lol?
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: SeaWalnut on August 07, 2019, 06:57:02 AM
https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248 (https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248)

I dont think its possible when even most of the wildest american rednecks dont eat the boar after they shoot him because it not a castrated pig and about the bones

What? You don't know what you are talking about. What's so special about hog bones anyway lol?
Im saying that even the wildest american redneck shots the wild pig and if its a male they throw it to garbage because a wild pork its not castrated and the meat has a specific smell to it.The bones reference was about carps ( a fish) that they dont eat it because are affraid to choke on theyr bones.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: pineislander on August 07, 2019, 08:27:43 AM
Yes, you are wrong about pigs plenty of wild pig eaters out here but there are so many most choose young ones and try to reduce the population by shooting many more than they can eat. Plenty of carp eaten too. Many wild pigs and carp even served at schools & restaurants.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzGpP1ShDHw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzGpP1ShDHw)

https://www.youtube.com/user/deermeatfordinner/search?query=boar (https://www.youtube.com/user/deermeatfordinner/search?query=boar)
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: SeaWalnut on August 07, 2019, 08:56:13 AM
Yes, you are wrong about pigs plenty of wild pig eaters out here but there are so many most choose young ones and try to reduce the population by shooting many more than they can eat. Plenty of carp eaten too. Many wild pigs and carp even served at schools & restaurants.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzGpP1ShDHw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzGpP1ShDHw)

https://www.youtube.com/user/deermeatfordinner/search?query=boar (https://www.youtube.com/user/deermeatfordinner/search?query=boar)
It was a metaphor that americans are like spoiled wealthy people not an insult.I apologise if it sounded like an insult and off course people eat porks and carps in USA but all my fishing american friends that brag theyre the biggest fishermens in the world never ate a carp. And about boars il not start a discussion about ethics here,i have made giant mistakes myself when hunting but killing unnecessarely animals and throw them to garbage ,milionaire hunter style its a behaviour i associate with a small crustacean we have here that kills more pray than it can eat and without a reason,its called the demented shrimp.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dikerogammarus_villosus (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dikerogammarus_villosus)
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Tommyng on August 07, 2019, 10:22:49 AM
I agree, there is never a good reason to hunt and then throw the healthy animal away. At least give it to organizations that feed kids or the homeless or wildlife sanctuaries.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: WaterFowler on August 07, 2019, 10:34:08 AM
https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248 (https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248)

I dont think its possible when even most of the wildest american rednecks dont eat the boar after they shoot him because it not a castrated pig and about the bones

What? You don't know what you are talking about. What's so special about hog bones anyway lol?
Im saying that even the wildest american redneck shots the wild pig and if its a male they throw it to garbage because a wild pork its not castrated and the meat has a specific smell to it.The bones reference was about carps ( a fish) that they dont eat it because are affraid to choke on theyr bones.


Well this is not true. Some slob hunters will leave pigs to rot but that is not a common practice and it's illegal. In the US you will lose your hunting license, pay a big fine, possibly even have your rifle and vehicle confiscated, if you do not take the meat with you for consumption. Jail time is also possible in some states. Even when killing hogs with a depredation permit, some states require you to utilize the meat, I know they do here. The big old adult boars don't taste as good as the young ones(the meat smells quite honestly)but they are still ok for pork chops and sausage plus the bacon.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Malia on August 07, 2019, 12:41:16 PM
SeaWalnut, have you ever tried carp in the US? It is not the one you know from Europe. No wonder nobody wants to eat this.
I once served it to my guests and had to apologize manifold. Such an embarrassment.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Tommyng on August 07, 2019, 01:59:24 PM
I have tried US carp. Itís the same species as southeast Asian carp. Iím from that part of the world. Itís not a premier fish but if you know how to prepare it, itís quite good.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Malia on August 07, 2019, 03:04:17 PM
We have a little off-topic here.
So, I checked the southeast Asian carp. Definitely not what is considered a carp in Europe.
We have Royal Carp. A delicacy. Very fat, melting flesh, hundreds of ways to cook and serve it. Whichever way you pick, it tastes great. As long as the fish is fresh and good quality :)

Really, no surprise Americans don't eat carp. I do not blame them.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: SeaWalnut on August 07, 2019, 03:05:45 PM
SeaWalnut, have you ever tried carp in the US? It is not the one you know from Europe. No wonder nobody wants to eat this.
I once served it to my guests and had to apologize manifold. Such an embarrassment.
Somme people here try to eat all the fruit in the world.I instead try to eat all the fish and off course i ate all the carp species.Earlyer today i ate 5 goldfish wich its my favourite fish to eat in the world.
For comparison,the ,,flying carps,, wich are related to the one in the picture are also filter feeders,taste more like a river fish than the bottom dwelling european carp.European carp has a slight bitterness that these carps you got in USA dont have it because they live in cleaner water and are more suited for people that dont like fish verry much.
Compared to Tilapia or bass is a lot better .
I think that if you would treat the carps with more respect
 they would taste better because even if you give people lobsters but say they are garbage, they will believe it and wont like lobster meat.
For the same reason selling iguanas on skewers like the guy in that article said,wont work because people know its just a little pest rebranded as a delicacy.Might trick a hipster or two to buy fried iguanas on skewers or somme savage redneck to try them once,but you would have more success by catching and selling/ give for free, to people that want them as pets and that respect animals and nature.
(https://i.postimg.cc/mr1b0xvV/20190807-213226.jpg)
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: WGphil on August 08, 2019, 01:46:58 PM
A blow gun is silent and cheap and easy to shoot

Good hunting

Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: JulianoGS on August 08, 2019, 02:15:11 PM
https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248 (https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248)
That was a good joke to tell americans to eat the iguanas because ,,they taste like chicken,,.
I dont think its possible when even most of the wildest american rednecks dont eat the boar after they shoot him because it not a castrated pig and about the bones ,they are to sissy to eat carps .
Even here where people eat a lot of carps and all the hunted ( hunted not just shot) wild boars,i think not even the homeless would dare to eat an iguana. ;D

Say wut!
Iguanas are tasty, way better that chicken filled with hormones and junk from the supermarket!
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Mango_Seed on August 11, 2019, 03:13:09 AM
When I kill a iguana I cut this tongue out and cook that up over a fire and just eat that. My wife thinks iguana are medicinal and she eats the rest.

Just kidding. Everything tastes like chicken. They don't call them tree chickens for nothing.

We don't fish for carp in America or mullet as far as I know. Aren't they vegans?

I was looking at a thorny bush to hack up and make a bonsai today and there were iguana inside playing around and mocking me.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: SeaWalnut on August 11, 2019, 05:05:44 AM
When I kill a iguana I cut this tongue out and cook that up over a fire and just eat that. My wife thinks iguana are medicinal and she eats the rest.

Just kidding. Everything tastes like chicken. They don't call them tree chickens for nothing.

We don't fish for carp in America or mullet as far as I know. Aren't they vegans?

I was looking at a thorny bush to hack up and make a bonsai today and there were iguana inside playing around and mocking me.
The carp from the picture its like the jumping carp ,a filter feeder that eats like like whales.The giant ones eat zooplancton and fitoplancton while the smaller jumping carp eats only fitoplancton.European carps are omnivore,grass carps are vegetarians and the biiggest carp in the world,the black carp,eats only mussels.
The plancton feeders,grass carps and the black ,mussels eater carps are the most eco friendly,good to have fish in the world.
These restore the enviroment,clean the water and prevent eutrophisation ( the death of a lake).
In USA these fishes are verry much hated and killed without a reason just because a dumb politician or a crazy newspaper editor told you they are invasive.Meanwhile lake Erie,the most poluted lake in the world that when it crashed a few decades ago lead to the creation of EPA ,has 3 times more phosphorus than it had when it died.
Only carps can save that lake ,but you are told to hate them, wich says a lot about the mentality of a nation.
The demonisation of ,,pests,, happens everywhere around the world when people want to take your attention away from otther a lot more important things.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Mango_Seed on August 17, 2019, 07:33:20 PM
What are the top 10 best invasive species, in your opinion? Plants & animals?

If you plant trees around a desert is that considered invasive?
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: SeaWalnut on August 17, 2019, 07:47:07 PM
What are the top 10 best invasive species, in your opinion? Plants & animals?
 
Its hard to make such chart ,because there are manny different ecosystems on Earth and somme that are ,,pests,, in one ecosystem ,are beneficial in another ecosystem.I would say the tree of heaven ,Ailanthus Altissima ,altough somme people might contradict me and they are right in certain situations,somme insects like Varroa destructor,the bee mites and biggest pest of all ,the seawalnut ,Mnemiopsis Leidyi.
There are debates to make the mosquitos become extinct because they spread diseases.I dont agree with this and altough i dont like the mosquitos and they do spread diseases,i see them as beneficial for the evolutionary system .They do kill people but they also make stronger by training our immune systems .
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: Mango_Seed on August 17, 2019, 08:04:28 PM
Survival of the fittest. Natural selection by landscaping preferences.

The only plants that will survive in the future are the one you choose to plant in your yard.
Title: Re: Iguana Wars
Post by: SWRancher on August 17, 2019, 08:17:12 PM
I saw no iguanas in Jupiter, but tens of the Jesus lizards, including in my backyard  >:(
Does anybody know the pest potential of these? I read they are invasive but nothing about what damage, if any, they cause.
My trees are too young to have fruit, but I should think in advance.

Jesus lizards also known as Basilisk's don't normally eat fruit they are carnivores that mostly eat insects and worms.  I used to have them all around my yard and grove in Broward. We never had any issues with them eating mangoes or other fruit.