Iguana (Chicken of the trees) - Anyone ever try this?

bushman13

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People would be amazed with what goes on in those canals down there. You can throw on a mask and snorkel, jump in, and the majority of fish you will see are non-native aquarium fish. Quite the experience.
 

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Sounds like you can probably gig them, but who really knows these days. Coming from a multi generation Florida family, we always had gigs in garage for frogs and mullet. A ton of fun.


https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/reptiles/iguanas-and-relatives/green-iguana/

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/python/removing/ <--- 22 public lands with no restrictions on Pythons or Iguanas
I bet they would be a handful on the end of a gig if they started whipping their tail around.
 

thusby

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Reptiles;
Good (Frogs and turtles)
Bad (Alligators and snakes)

Not sure which category the iguana will fall in.
 
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The last few years I’ve driven down to FL to fish for Peacocks from my kayak. The fishing is great and those lizards are everywhere! 12”-5’ long. It’s pretty crazy. Their legs and tails look really meaty. I’m sure they’re tasty.
 

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We used to see them in the Amazon all the time. Never saw anybody eat them though. They got pretty big, but there are other, much bigger things in the jungle.
 

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A buddy of mine has hunted them in Puerto Rico with an air gun, said it was a ton of fun. Not sure they ate them though.
 

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There is definitely a run on BB guns at the local Bass Pro. Lady working there said they've been selling a ton of them since the article advising to kill them came out. Pretty sure most aren't eating them lol.
 

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I watched Andrew Zimmern (Host- Bizarre Food) on a "Florida Keys" episode hunt iguanas and eat them. He seems pretty cool, and it is a fun show to watch. Here is a little clip I found- this dude eats EVERYTHING... but at the 10:30 mark he's eating iguana and iguana eggs. In the actual episode, it does show him and his hosts hunting/shooting them.

 

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We stayed in a state park in the keys and we were advised by a couple of campers to watch our kids. The one was over 4' and pretty much didn't give a rats butt about people. He was steeling food off picknick tables. He didn't care for a chunk of wood to his head though. I'll give him this much, I thought I had killed him but he just swam away in a creek and was back at the neighbors in an hour.
 

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We stayed in a state park in the keys and we were advised by a couple of campers to watch our kids. The one was over 4' and pretty much didn't give a rats butt about people. He was steeling food off picknick tables. He didn't care for a chunk of wood to his head though. I'll give him this much, I thought I had killed him but he just swam away in a creek and was back at the neighbors in an hour.
Iguana Land Rule #7: When in doubt double tap.
 
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