Tuesday, July 7, 2009

"I guana" cry!!!

Yesterday as I was driving home from work and in one of the busiest roads on the island (West Bay Road) I saw 2 green iguanas hit by cars. I'm pretty sure none of the two survived...

juvenile green iguana

Unfortunately for the islands, these species of iguana (green) are starting to become a huge problem, they were brought from Central America a few years back, introduced to the environment and on such a small territory they are now taking over. Mostly they are eating a lot of the local flora, damaging the trees and specially invading the territory of the other endemic iguanas of the island which is the blue dragon.

adult blue dragon iguana

Being an animal lover, seeing iguanas get kill was pretty say and shocking experience, unfortunately this is very common on this busy road.

So, even considering that the green iguanas are consider sort of a pest to the island, they are still animals and we should be very conscious about them (specially on the road), because it is so sad to see them kill all the time.

At this point in the history of the planet, I think human beings need to be held responsible for the future of many species, so if we humans brought these iguanas to the island, we should care for them and find a way to control their impact in our environment and try to avoid a massacre on the roads...

2 commented; now it's your turn!:

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I hate to see (any)animals killed on the road too, but since they are not native to the island, they probably have no natural predators to control their population growth. So in some way, the cars are the only way to control them from taking over. Not much can be done, unless some entity wants to catch and destroy them or send them away.


sunshine said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yeah I guess you make a good point about their natural predators, but it's still sad that when we think about it that way, we humans are the biggest predators of most species... It's awful to see them or any other animal just lying dead on the road, can't stand it!

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