Parsons-Drake also believes the scientists’ suggestion has paved the way for other acts of cruelty against iguanas — and the SFWC, which rescues and rehabilitates many types of animals such as squirrels, owls and turtles, has had a recent influx of iguanas with horrific injuries.
“They’re ensnared in traps, they’re shot with weapons,” Parsons-Drake said. “We recently had one that had five arrows impaled in it. They’re poisoned, they’re run over by vehicles. We’ve had animals that have been tied up and floated in a pond.”