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Here’s your chance to hunt dinosaurs! Or … at least really tiny relatives of dinos.

The Chiayi County Government will begin purchasing certain reptiles, dead or alive, on September 14, 2016 …. and then on every Friday between Sept. 23 and Oct. 21, 2016.

The local government will offer NT$3 for the body of each brown anole, NT$500 for each green iguana with a body length of 50cm or longer, and NT$150 for green iguanas shorter than 50cm.

The capture or killing of these exotic lizards is aimed at wiping out invasive species, according to the county government.

The brown anole is native to Cuba and the Bahamas, and it was first observed in Chiayi in 2000. It is commonly seen on tree trunks and shrubs and threatens native lizard species by competing for limited resources.

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The green iguana is native to Central and South America.

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The introduced species were kept as house pets by Chiayi residents, but an increasing number have been abandoned in recent years.

They’re often seen hanging out by the Pachang river, munhcing on crops and vegetables and causing other damage to the environment, says the govenment.

Officials believe these invasive alien species are a serious threat to biodiversity and local ecosystems … and have thus issued residents a licence to kill.

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*Photos via Taiwan Forestry Bureau / Wikimedia

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