holy hannah!! i sure don't want to run into one of these critters when i head down to florida in march!!! are they dangerous??? i also do not want to have any close encounters of a snake, either. we did see alligators on our last trip---at st. george island state park, but i do believe if i heard an iguana scratching around on top of my trailer, i surely would stay inside!!
Scratching around was only after it slammed into the roof from above!
Once I got back inside it didn't take me long to wonder what the hell I had just done?
The logic of running outside in the middle of the night armed as I was escapes me now but it seemed like the thing to do at the time?
From what I have read since,they are not known to attack unless cornered or during mating season if they are males and think you are another male iguana....which during mating season they often do seem to think.
Alligators on the other hand seem to look for an opportunity to attack.
According to the Guatemalan workers on the job site I was working on they make good eating too.
Another guy told me that they are not a protected species down in Florida and they periodically run stories in the paper about how to take them "out".
They suggest a Baseball Bat of all things?
I don't even know if the Bear Mace I had would have had any effect at all.
Oh and they also have a third eye on the back of the head and can see you coming from all directions......CREEPY!
They look pre-historic and though some make pets of them,I can not understand why?
They are also fairly intelligent and mostly vegetarian but have huge choppers,sharp claws and run faster than Alligators which evidently run faster than we think.