Green iguanas continue to wreak havoc in southern Taiwan

People who try to catch the reptiles advised to watch out for their tails and bites

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/10/258
2By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Pingtung County Government photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Invasive green iguanas continue to plague southern Taiwan, wreaking havoc on agricultural produce, irrigation ditches, and ecological balance.

More than 5,000 of the creatures were caught in Pingtung County alone from January to September, according to a CNA report.

Pingtung Department of Agriculture Director Cheng Yung-yu (鄭永裕) said that the county government has put in place a program to reward people who catch green iguanas with agricultural produce as a reward. The program has yielded a staggering haul of 5,480 iguanas in the first nine months of this year, which is the most in the country and a significant increase compared to the 4,182 caught in all of 2019.

The size of the green iguana problem in the region is difficult to estimate, according to Cheng.

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