HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the last decade, state crews have captured about a dozen iguanas in Hawaii.
The latest, a 5-foot-long reptile found this weekend in Waimanalo, is renewing calls for residents to be vigilant about illegal animals.
The iguana remains at the state Department of Agriculture's Plant Quarantine program, awaiting transport to its new home.
If you spot an iguana, be careful. "They do scratch, they have very long claws." Dumlao said.
For years, the state has struggled to keep invasive species at bay. While some animals get carried to the islands accidentally, others are intentionally brought in.
In addition to iguanas, for example, another lizard found in Hawaii is the Cuban Night Anole.
"They're smuggled in," Dumlao said. "On the mainland you can have these as pets, you can buy them at pet stores."
And of course, there are the elusive wallaby of Kalihi Valley.
"Turn it in. Do the right thing. Keep Hawaii safe. Keep everyone safe," he said.
If you see an illegal animal, call the state's pest hotline at 643-PEST.