By: Wu Hsin-yun and intern Tzeng Yi-ning
In the updated list of animals to be registered that also included 13 native species and some non-native species, the Forestry Bureau described the green iguana as "exotic wildlife dangerous to the environment, people or animals."
Green iguanas have been introduced from Latin America as pets, but many owners have released them into the wild after being unable or unwilling to care for them.
Without predators, their numbers have quickly grown, causing agricultural losses and damaged roads and riverbanks, the Forestry Bureau said in explaining why it had to tighten regulations on breeding, raising and releasing the animals. [FULL STORY]