2 years for Las Vegas man who smuggled iguana meat

A 38-year-old Las Vegas man was sentenced Thursday to two years in federal prison after admitting that he tried to smuggle 159 pounds of iguana meat from Mexico into the U.S.

The Los Angeles Times reports Eliodoro Soria Fonseca admitted in San Diego federal court that he intentionally concealed the iguana meat inside several coolers because he lacked the necessary import permits from the U.S. or Mexican governments. The meat was to be sold for human consumption, prosecutors said.

Iguana meat often carries salmonella, officials said. Fonseca was arrested attempting to cross the border at Otay Mesa on June 10, 2011.

The iguanas had been beheaded, skinned and deboned and hidden under several pounds of fish, according to court documents.

Importation of iguana meat is permitted but only under restrictions meant to keep from depleting certain populations of the lizard. The iguana is listed as imperiled but not yet endangered, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bad enough touching them: health experts warn Fijians of salmonella dangers of iguanas

Nature experts are warning Fijians to be aware of salmonella carried by the American iguana.

Tamara Osborne-Naikatini told Radio Australia they’re getting the message out, after a boy came down with the infection.

??"The little boy was treated at the village nursing station, just for a simple wound that would have involved an antiseptic or antibiotic solution being applied, which is sufficient to treat anything that may be infected with salmonella.”

The Marriage Ref, iguanas and Salmonella

The Marriage Ref is a terrible show, even with A-lister guests Madonna, Larry David and Ricky Gervais, some of my personal favorites.

The scene of the couple sharing pretty much everything with a giant salmonella-shedding iguana brought no complaints, and while Entertainment Weekly has already have called the episode much better than the previous, it still sucked.