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Invasive green iguanas do more than eat your plants and vegetables, and make a mess of your garden.
They can also make you and your pets sick.

As veterinarian Dr. Ioana Popescu explained most reptiles have traces of salmonella inside their DNA and pets that engage with the green iguanas have a risk of getting the disease and spreading it, depending on their individual immune systems.

However she said there are pets who will experience no symptoms, while other pets do get sick, which could result in death.

“Generally through feces, so a dog will eat either iguana feces, we do see that quite a lot actually, but also by eating iguanas themselves, the entire body, so they have access to the gut, salmonella is generally found in the gut and this is how it’s mainly transmitted,” Dr Popescu said.

Now Dr. Popescu said humans can eat iguana meat, but she recommends removing the gut completely and thoroughly cooking the meat.

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Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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