Wild Iguana Catchers/Eaters Welcome in Florida
Alexander Rust and Vanessa Palm should have vacationed in South Florida instead of the Bahamas. The pair of 20-something Midwesterners were arrested over the weekend for catching, then grilling and consuming, an endangered iguana in the Exuma Cays. Here in Florida, though, it's perfectly legal to catch iguanas, which are considered an invasive, non-native species. Plus, they're everywhere.
|Kevin Enge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission|
Yep, folks, that means you can grill 'em. And eat 'em.
"Just use common sense," Behnke says. "Probably pick them up with gloves, clean up afterwards, be careful grabbing them behind the neck [so you don't get nipped]."
Oh, and make sure the iguana isn't anyone's pet! The lizards carry salmonella bacteria, so cook thoroughly. Supposedly they taste like chicken. (Yeah, right) For more detailed instructions on catching and cooking iguanas, click here, or check out this rather gruesome video shot by a couple of English-speaking tourists in Costa Rica: