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Sister Islands roads becoming kill zone for native iguanas

Another reason to share the road: endangered sister islands rock iguanas are being hit and killed by motorists at an alarming rate.

Little Cayman National Trust volunteer Mile Vallee told Cayman 27 Little Cayman averages around 100 rock iguanas killed a year.

On Cayman Brac, volunteer conservationist Bonnie Scott Edwards said there have been at least 40 reported road deaths of iguanas on the island since January 2012.

She emphasised these numbers do not take into account unreported or undetected iguana road deaths.

National Trust Environmental Programmes Manager Paul Watler told Cayman 27 it’s very important to report any instances of rock iguana road deaths.

“If we can get a dead iguana we can weigh it, we can measure it, we can take a look at what it’s been eating, there’s a lot of scientific data we can get that will help us out for the future,” said Mr. Watler. “So if you’ve unfortunately caused the death of a sister islands rock iguana by running it over, please alert the department of environment, please tell somebody so that they can come by and take a hard look at what happened.”

Mr. Watler said motorists should be alert, especially this time of year as the iguanas are nesting, and watch their speeds.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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