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Mexican Iguana Found In The Port of Mobile, Ala.

Release Date: 
October 28, 2010

Mobile, Ala. - Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Mobile caught an Iguana near the Rail Ferry Dock on the Alabama State Docks. It had been observed several times but was able to elude capture. The iguana had ostensibly come from a rail vessel arriving from Mexico a couple months ago.

The iguana is believed to be a Mexican spiny-tailed iguana -a rare species -from southern Mexico.

CBP agriculture specialists captured a rare iguana at the Mobile, Ala. State Docks.

The agriculture specialists got a call from dock workers letting them know it had been spotted again. They grabbed all the proper gear and headed to the docks thinking this would be the day that they would catch this creature. And indeed it was, when they arrived to the specified location they were directed to an area of steel pipes. They cleverly trapped the iguana by closing one end of the pipe with a burlap sack and banged on the other end. This worked like a charm and soon they had their elusive iguana.

"This interception solidifies the excellent work performed by our CBP Agriculture Specialists and is just another reminder of the important work these specialists perform every day to safeguard our nation from unwanted pests as well as to preserve the existence of such rare species," said Robert Gomez, CBP director field operations for the New Orleans Field Office.

The captured iguana tentatively has been identified as a Mexican spiny tailed iguana, Ctenosaura pectinata and appears to have originated from southern Mexico where it is a rare species to its native country. Chances are that this Iguana would not have survived the harsh winter here.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017