Iguana causes widespread power outage in South Florida city

One of Florida’s notorious invasive iguanas wreaked havoc in one of the state’s southern cities on Wednesday.

The city of Lake Worth Beach announced that one of the scaly green creatures was responsible for a “massive power outage.”

“[Lake Worth Beach] Electric Utility is currently responding to a large-scale outage caused by an iguana in our 6th Ave Substation, “the city tweeted Wednesday just before noon. “This outage affects customers in the southeast of our service area. Our teams are working hard to repair the damage and recover the system.”

The city hasn’t provided any further updates since the announcement, but on a map they’ve been directing people to and tracking outages in the city, it appears all outages have been fixed.

A woman responded to the city’s original Facebook post, saying the iguana in her neighborhood “went under the transformer or something, but it blew it and it fried.”

CBS News has reached out to the city for more information about the incident.

Green iguanas are known to cause trouble all over Florida. According to the state’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the species is considered invasive. They are instead native to Central America and the tropics of South America and some Caribbean islands, but are so rampant in Florida that they have been the source of injury for many.

In 2020, for example, a 62-year-old man had to be attached after a iguana ran ahead of his bikecausing him to crash, CBS Miami reported.

They can grow over five feet tall and weigh up to 17 pounds, and are known to feast on vegetation, bird eggs, and dead animals, causing damage to residential and commercial areas. They can also damage infrastructure with their digging, which can cause sidewalks to erode and collapse, the commission said.

Perhaps what they are best known for fall from trees.

When the temperature dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the huge iguanas get out catch a cold and suddenly seem to drop dead – though they are very much alive.

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