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    The Everglades has a new villain: omnivorous lizards


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    I love tegus and hope to get one in the future.
    However, I don't blame FL for wanting to get rid of them. Tom Crutchfield said they're probably the most invasive after feral cats and hogs.

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    Re: The Everglades has a new villain: omnivorous lizards

    Quote Originally Posted by satomi325 View Post
    I love tegus and hope to get one in the future.
    However, I don't blame FL for wanting to get rid of them. Tom Crutchfield said they're probably the most invasive after feral cats and hogs.
    I'm just waiting for the government to add monitors, iguanas, and tegus to the Lacey Act.

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    As a Floridian, in all my time spent in South Florida (a lot of my family lives down that way) I have never seen a tegu in the wild. Wanna know what I do see? 4 to 6 foot iguanas every few feet on the sides of roads.... They may not be quite as detrimental to the ecosystem as the tegus are, but they sure are becoming a nuisance to many!
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    Yeah I've been saying this would happen long before the Burms were considered a major problem. Monitors are by far more adaptable then the snakes and are much more destructive. They won't get the same level of fear from the public about big lizards though.
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    Re: The Everglades has a new villain: omnivorous lizards

    Catch them, cage them, and relocate them to the bayous of Louisiana. Hello tegu, goodbye nutria!

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    Re: The Everglades has a new villain: omnivorous lizards

    Quote Originally Posted by patientz3ro View Post
    Catch them, cage them, and relocate them to the bayous of Louisiana. Hello tegu, goodbye nutria!

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    Lol.
    Just keep in mind what cane toads did...

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    Yeah the government is great at messing up our ecosystems through those kind of bright ideas.
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    Re: The Everglades has a new villain: omnivorous lizards

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    Yeah the government is great at messing up our ecosystems through those kind of bright ideas.
    But they think they can save the environment by taking away your non-traditional pets, yet let ding-dong next door keep their cats outside. Yeah okay.

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    I guess I better get my Tegu earlier rather than later so I don't have to worry about sourcing in-state.

    Also, from the article:

    Rodney Irwin, 59, of Homestead began trapping tegus on private land for fun and profit about two years ago.
    He estimates hes taken between 800 and 1,000, selling most of them directly to customers on his website, tegusonly.com, for about $100 apiece. He also sells to a wholesaler for between $35 and $50.


    Someone got added to my do not buy list. Website should be retitled "parasites only"
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