Iguana causes ‘large-scale power outage’ in Florida

(ORDO NEWS) — An iguana has caused a “large scale blackout” in Lake Worth Beach, Florida, USA. This is the third outage this year caused by the iguana.

The outage affected about 1,400 consumers in Lake Worth Beach, city spokesman Ben Kerr told CNN. Power was restored within 35 minutes, according to reports.

“Every utility agency in Florida does this. It’s a nightmare,” Kerr said of the power outages caused by the animals.

“It happened three times this year because of the iguanas” in Lake Worth Beach, he said.

According to Kerr, iguanas are extremely skilled climbers and have a large body, a combination that makes the reptile a big threat to electrical equipment.

“Unlike birds, iguanas’ tails and sheer size” allow them to create short circuits in the electrical system, he said.

This was probably the reason for the latest outage, he added.

According to experts, green iguanas are not native to Florida. They began to appear in the state in the 1960s. They probably escaped or were released from captivity.

The commission said the reptiles are considered an invasive species “due to their impact on local wildlife” and can be destroyed on private property under local law.

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