Local June 25, 2018 | 5:57 pm

Environment warns: don’t acquire the invasive green iguana

Santo Domingo.- The Environment Ministry on Mon. warned against acquiring the green iguana, an invasive exotic reptile, which is sold on the streets as a pet and threatens the endemic population, in addition to having disease-causing pathogens.

Environment’s Biodiversity director, José Manuel Mateo, said the green iguana was brought to the country a few years ago from Central American nations and reproduces prolifically.

He said the iguana poses a health risk to humans, biodiversity and crops, since it can, in addition to being a risk to the health of people, eats fruits and vegetables.

In a press release, Environment said the reptile has spread to the habitats of native iguanas, competing for food and territory.

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