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Data from a recent cull of invasive green iguanas shows fighting them will be an uphill climb. For example, researchers say a small, one pound female can still produce up to 10 eggs. D.o.E Terrestrial Field Research Officer Jane Haakonsson says the new data shows a direct relationship between female weight and the number of eggs for its first reproduction.

She told Cayman 27, “We found out that the amount of eggs that a female has is proportionate to her body size yet a 450 gram or 500 gram female could still have 9 to 10 eggs in her, so it was something that I think we were all quite surprised about just how efficient breeders they are.”

More than 14,000 iguanas were taken by bounty hunters in a recent cull meant to gather new data on how fast the population is growing.

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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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