S.F. Iguana Man Gets to Keep His 'Service Lizards'

Some of you may remember a few stories we wrote last year about San Francisco resident Cosmie Silfa, who had the unique distinction of owning a “service lizard.” Well, SF Weekly caught up with Silfa this week, and it turns out he no longer owns a service lizard. He owns three.

Silfa, first profiled in a cover story on service creatures in June of last year, ran into a rough spot with the mangers of his SRO hotel. While he has a psychiatrist’s note “prescribing” Skippy the iguana as “an essential component of our treatment plan,” last year Silfa was made to jump through a number of administrative hoops that endangered his ability to keep a large reptile in his small apartment.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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