1.5-meter long green iguana captured in southern Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/17/2020
By: Kuo Tze-hsuan and Chung Yu-chen

1.5-meter long green iguana captured in Pingtung. Photo courtesy of the Pingtung County Government

Pingtung, Dec. 17 (CNA) Residents in Taiwan's southernmost Pingtung County captured a green iguana estimated to be about 1.5-meter long on Wednesday, local authorities said Thursday, after the photo of the creature went viral on social media.

The orange and brown-colored creature, affectionately named "little dinosaur," was found basking in the sun on a fence of a local drainage ditch in Wandan Township, the Pingtung County Government said.

A photo of the animal has spurred heated discussion since it was made public on Monday by a passersby who was spooked by the creature with spike-like scales.

Upon learning the news, Cheng Yung-yu (鄭永裕), head of the county's Department of Agriculture, said the local authorities teamed up with a bird association and experienced iguana removal professionals and captured the critter on Wednesday – with ropes and traps.    [FULL  STORY]

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