Florida Plumber Pulls Green Iguana Out Of Clogged Toilet

June 11, 2015

A plumber was called out to a house in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. house to unclog a toilet and was shocked when she pulled out a dead green iguana (Iguana iguana) with her auger. The plumber screamed and Marian Lindquist, the woman who called the plumber, ran into the bathroom to find out what happened. The plumber had pulled an estimated 18-inch iguana from the toilet. Lindquist then pulled out her cell phone camera and started snapping pictures and posted them to social media. 

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The plumber told Lindquist that the iguana may have entered the home through a roof vent and probably made its way into the toilet somehow. Lindquist’s daughter went up to the roof and screened off all the events in hopes that the house becomes iguana-free. 

The green iguana has become an invasive species in southern Florida, having come originally as stowaways on vessels from South America. This small population was probably augmented by folks who released former pets into the wild. The lizard has thrived in the climate of south Florida, but have been the victim of cold snaps, the first which occurred in January 2008 and a second one in January 2010. The green iguana was the first popular lizard in the hobby, but turned out for a lot of folks to be a challenge to keep. They are ideal for intermediate to advanced keepers. 

John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 


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