After a week of culling, thousands of iguanas have been taken out of the ecosystem. Researchers at the Department of Environment say the cull is helping to provide extremely valuable information on the breeding patterns, sex ratio and diet of the invasive reptiles.
Terrestrial Research Officer Jane Haakonsson told Cayman 27, “It has a great impact, in that, since we’ve done our biological sample – which we’ve done a random sub sample to find out what is the size of the animal, how many eggs do they have how many females do we have in each cull – we are finding out that we are removing hundreds if not thousands of eggs in this cull.” She added, “But it’s also worrying because we find out that this is just a drop in the ocean that this particular one week cull is having.”
Cullers had until yesterday to catch as many green iguanas as they were able. We’ll pass along the final figures once they become available.