Many a drunk spring breaker has hunted for the perfect Florida vacation photo: a scaly green lizard lounging on the beach. Bonus Instagram points if he’s wearing a sombrero next to an empty tequila bottle. Or you are. We don’t judge.
However, now there’s a new iguana hunt sweeping the Sunshine State, a more literal one. As it turns out, iguanas are an invasive species causing some serious damage to agriculture, roads, and electrical transformers… and Florida wants them dead.
While cold weather helps stop population growth, the hearty buggers can live up to 10 years and lay up to 76 eggs per year. According to Florida officials, the only surefire population control is declaring open season, and unlike other hunting seasons, residents do not need a permit to kill them on their property.
If you’re looking to do your part to help stop the invasive species, or maybe need a chicken dinner alternative that tastes like chicken, then becoming an iguana hunter might be your next side hustle. Please Florida, never change.