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Florida is known for its diverse wildlife and unique outdoor experiences, and one activity that has gained popularity in recent years is iguana hunting. Iguana hunting offers an exciting and adventurous tradition that combines elements of hunting, exploration, and conservation. If you're looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience in the Sunshine State, iguana hunting might just be the perfect activity for you.

What is Iguana Hunting

Green iguanas are large lizards native to Central and South America due to their adaptability and lack of natural predators in Florida, they have multiplied in numbers and pose a threat to the local ecosystem. As a result, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages the hunting and removal of these invasive reptiles. Green iguanas tend to live on the ground, in shrubs, or in trees in a variety of habitats including suburban developments, urban areas, small towns, and agricultural areas. They are excellent swimmers, tolerating both salt and freshwater and can submerge themselves for up to four hours at a time.


How to Hunt Iguanas

Typically trolling canals or rivers, looking for iguanas along the bank or in trees. The most common technique is to use air guns or pellet guns offering little to no recoil and the ammo is cheap. Oftentimes guides will supply the air/pellet guns and ammo.

Equipment Needed for Iguana Hunting

To have a successful iguana hunting experience, it's essential to have the right equipment. Here are some recommendations:

Air Rifle or Pellet Gun

An air rifle or pellet gun with sufficient power and accuracy is the primary tool for hunting iguanas. Choose a model that meets the legal requirements and has a suitable range for your hunting needs.

Traps and Snares

Traps and snares can be effective tools for capturing iguanas. Various types available, including live traps and snare poles, which allow for safe and humane handling of the animals.

Protective Gear

For your safety, it's important to wear appropriate protective gear, such as gloves and eye protection. This will protect you from potential bites or scratches and ensure a safe hunting experience.

Camouflage Clothing

Blend into your surroundings by wearing camouflage clothing that matches the environment where you'll be hunting. This will help you remain undetected by the iguanas.

Navigation Tools

Depending on the hunting location, navigation tools like a GPS device or compass can be helpful in finding the right spots where iguanas are commonly found.

Iguana Hunting Season

Due to green iguanas being invasive to Florida, there is no closed season for iguana hunting.

Where to Go Iguana Hunting

Because green iguanas are invasive to Florida, hunting them is an activity unique to the Sunshine State. There are a variety of places to hunt these big lizards in Southern Florida year-round.

Iguana Hunting License

No license is required to hunt green iguanas.


Book a Guided Iguana

If you’re looking to go Iguana hunting, check out our Iguana hunting charters to book your trip with one of our professional local guides.