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The green iguana nesting season has begun and one man is on a mission to help curtail the exploding population of the invasive reptile. His goal is to make a dent in the population of the species by getting the eggs before they have a chance to hatch.

Ralph the Iguana Hunter says after watching the green iguana numbers rise year after year, he had seen enough and decided something needed to be done.

“It (Green Iguana) doesn’t belong here. We can not keep it alive, we can not continue, we don’t have the landmass we don’t have the vegetation, so it would turn of course to our vegetables and our ornamental,” said Ralph.

For the last five years he has been doing his own personal research of the green iguanas and now he has come up with several solutions to help rein in the increasing population. He calls it the “Suppression of the Species” or S.O.S. He then approached Foster Food Fair who provided him with a grant to help with his efforts. He then launched a two-week suppression campaign dubbed the Fosters 500, which he hopes to collect 500 hundred eggs.

His method though tedious is simple. He scouts out nests and raids them after the iguanas have laid their gets. He says one less egg, results in one less hatchling that will help to over crowd an already unbalanced eco-system.

“To do that I go after the eggs. I dig, collect and dispose of the eggs,” said Ralph. He added, “I prefer to prevent green iguanas from entering the system than wait for them to enter the system and then try to kill them.”

Currently he is a one man mission and says volunteers are welcome help him suppress the invasive reptiles. If you would like to contact Ralph soscayman@gmail.com.

 

 

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Andrel Harris

Andrel Harris

After completing high school in Cayman, Andrel Harris joined the news team as a Reporter Trainee in 2013. Now he serves as a reporter/producer, as well as the 'Cayman 27 Today' anchor. He also contributes to the talk shows and present weather forecasts. He hails from the district of North Side.

"Working with Cayman 27 has been a rewarding and eye opening experience. Through the power of the media, I've been able to help give a voice to the people living in Cayman." - Andrel Harris

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