Dining in Florida: Bobcat munches on iguana

Oh wait, iguanas aren’t supposed to live in the Sunshine State

Dining in Florida: Bobcat munches on iguana
A bobcat trots off with a green iguana in its mouth in Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in South Florida. (Source: Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge)

(RNN) – You have to watch your step in Florida.

You never know what kind of wildlife you might run into – from native alligators to imports like Burmese pythons.

This week, a visitor to the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County snapped a picture of a bobcat trotting along with an iguana in its mouth.

“Green iguanas are not native to South Florida, so this bobcat is doing good by preying on a non-native species,” the wildlife refuge said on Facebook.

Thank you to Vincent Sinagria for sharing this photo taken of a bobcat with its prey - a non-native green iguana, taken...

Posted by Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, November 8, 2018

This type of iguana normally lives in Central America, tropical parts of South America and some of the eastern Caribbean islands.

Male green iguanas can grow to over 5 feet in length and weigh up to 17 pounds. Females usually don’t exceed 7 pounds.

They were first reported in Florida in the 1960s, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The reptiles escaped from captivity during hurricanes and as unwanted pets released into the wild.

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