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They are marine iguana, mostly fruit/veggie eaters, but can be omnivores, seems to be tied to habitat. Amphibians, burrow diggers. Hard on ground nesting birds, pets and other native species. Just an all around PITA.
Paul in da swamp
<Maybe you guys could import some big snakes to eat them, maybe some boas or something. Does anybody eat boa?
 

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Funny you should mention that, we are already overrun with big snakes, mostly in the 'glades. Most people don't leave pets and small children un attended in Metro Dade County or the greater Miami area any more. A bunch of boa's, anaconda's and pythons got set loose by a hurricane in the everglades around the time of Katrina and Charlie. Again, they have few natural predators and so are taking over the habitat.

The state pays people to try to keep the population in check. They ride the levee's and berms on quads and shoot them on sight. (suppressed Ruger 10-22's mostly) A local Indian reservation has sole rights to skins and meat, they process and resell. pretty good deal for all concerned, except the snakes. (I applied for that job, but I'm just too old and stove up.)
I don't care to eat the various Boa's and pythons, but I'm good with anaconda steaks. Lot's of people eat them all, must be a culture thing.

As has been said before, if you have a critter you want gone, put it on a menu somewhere...

Pest control and invasive species management is becoming big business in South Florida. I'm waiting for the Nutria to make it down here, then I can fish and set a truly bountiful table.

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Cool story. Kids love all shooting. Kind of a universal language. They also work pretty well for a medium size wasp nest but you need to be where the pattern gets most or you have a problem. You know how I know. The nest was about 10 inches diameter, way too big. My buddy shot into it and got about half of them, seems like a 100 survived and they ran us off. It got worse, he decided to burn them and made a torch, which caught the grass on fire and then nearly his little wooden storage building. Kind of hard to put a fire out with a garden hose when 100 wasps are chasing you. Again, you learn not to do dumb stuff, by doing dumb stuff.
sometimes life learning experiences can be painful, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Especially if you are not the one experiencing the pain.
 

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Funny you should mention that, we are already overrun with big snakes, mostly in the 'glades. Most people don't leave pets and small children un attended in Metro Dade County or the greater Miami area any more. A bunch of boa's, anaconda's and pythons got set loose by a hurricane in the everglades around the time of Katrina and Charlie. Again, they have few natural predators and so are taking over the habitat.

The state pays people to try to keep the population in check. They ride the levee's and berms on quads and shoot them on sight. (suppressed Ruger 10-22's mostly) A local Indian reservation has sole rights to skins and meat, they process and resell. pretty good deal for all concerned, except the snakes. (I applied for that job, but I'm just too old and stove up.)
I don't care to eat the various Boa's and pythons, but I'm good with anaconda steaks. Lot's of people eat them all, must be a culture thing.

As has been said before, if you have a critter you want gone, put it on a menu somewhere...

A few years ago wife and I went on a swamp tour NE of New Orleans. It was before Katrina and I remember they were having a big publicity campaign and contest to come up with the best recipes for nutria. I think they even got some of the better restaurants to put them on a menu. I thought it was a pretty good marketing scam because you can take the wealthy jet setter crowd and tell them it is a delicacy and they will pay big bucks for it, then go back home and brag bout how great it was. Well that was the theory. I think it died out when people realized they were just rats. They are by the way huge like a beaver.
 
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I have a Cricket that was the first .22 that I trained my son on... they definitely don't get much cheaper than that, but they do have a rifled barrel, or at least the one I have does (purchased around 2010 or so I think)..........
I guess I didn't recall correctly. I had thought there was a small, smoothbore gun, like the Crickett or Chipmunk or whatever the name was. I was going to buy it for my kids - some 30 years ago- but the gunshop guy had pointed out it was smooth bore. For that reason I had bought a different gun that was rifled. Oh well. Memories are funny sometimes.

My grandson has that rifle now. And just the other day, my grandson and granddaughter were building AR's of their own with their Dad's guidance. That was after I showed my daughter and my son-in-law how to build theirs. In fact my 3 kids all shoot, and my 7 grandchildren do too.
The hard part is going to be, who will get which guns when it's my time? (hopefully a long time from now)
 

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I guess I didn't recall correctly. I had thought there was a small, smoothbore gun, like the Crickett or Chipmunk or whatever the name was. I was going to buy it for my kids - some 30 years ago- but the gunshop guy had pointed out it was smooth bore. For that reason I had bought a different gun that was rifled. Oh well. Memories are funny sometimes.

My grandson has that rifle now. And just the other day, my grandson and granddaughter were building AR's of their own with their Dad's guidance. That was after I showed my daughter and my son-in-law how to build theirs. In fact my 3 kids all shoot, and my 7 grandchildren do too.
The hard part is going to be, who will get which guns when it's my time? (hopefully a long time from now)
I remember from my youth there being some smoothbore .22's and even then they were kind of an oddity / niche item that most folks didn't consider, though I can't remember any specific guns. The modern Cricket's I had never seen until 5-10 years ago (not that I was paying attention or looking for them) and they are pretty cheesily built, not like the old single shot .22's that were 1st guns meant to be handed down over generations, but then I've got more .22's than I'll ever have Children and Grandchildren combined so I guess it doesn't matter.

That's Cool! It's good to see / hear folks sharing and getting newer generations into exercising their 2a rights... Two years ago my Son and I built a pair of AR's with longer barrels and rifle length gas systems on them. It was fun and a good experience. So far only my Son has shown some interest in shooting but not a huge amount, Though I did take my Daughter to the range here recently as it had been a while and wanted to do a refresher in case she ever needed to use a firearm, and I gave her an AR-15 and had her get familiar with it, so when she does get out on her own she'll have a kit with all the necessities and the know-how to use it if needed.
 
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