Large iguana discovered at Dillingham Business CenterUPDATED 5:39 AM HST Jun 14, 2013Video Transcript
reptile found in urban Honolulu. An almost 3 foot long Iguana captured tonight. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa was there for it all. This iguana somehow ended up at the Dillingham Business center. A security guard on patrol said he was caught OFF guard... When he saw what he thought was an UNUSUAL creature.. It was hanging out here 11:12 before rushed it into the corner. 1145 HE WAS TRYING TO SCRATCH HIS WALLS AND CURLED UP OVER HERE THE TAIL WAS SHOWING IT LOOKED PRETTY BIG TO ME 1155 946 I WAS LIKE WHAT IS THIS THIS IS NOT A LOCAL ANIMAL ANYWHERE THIS ISN'T SUPPOSED TO BE AROUND I KNEW IT HAD TO BE ILLEGAL 958 They ARE illegal...an invasive species... that's somehow ended up in Hawaii. The department of agriculture says reptile enthusiasts likely smuggled in the iguanas. The population is established now on several of the islands. For 10 years now they've started to turn up mostly on the windward side killing native vegetation. 1804 THEY ARE PLANT EATERS SO THEY EAT NATIVE PLANTS THEY EAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES 1810 This one is estimated to be just under 3 feet but they are known to grow a full foot longer. 1730 IT'S KIND OF ODD COMING ALL THE WAY DOWN FROM MOUNTAINS UP THERE IT WASN'T REALLY MEAN IT DIDN'T REACT LIKE THE WILD ONES WOULD 1744 They believe this one could have been someone's pet. It'll be caged up for now... and eventually shipped to the mainland. The fine of having an iguana here is 5-thousand dollars. If you're caught with more than THREE it's up to a 200- thousand dollar fine. The department of agriculture asks you to report iguanas found by calling 643-PEST.