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Tuesday, June 29 2021

Green Iguana

The invasive iguanas are attracted to trees with foliage or flowers, many fruits, and almost any vegetable. They cause damage by digging burrows that erode and collapse sidewalks, foundations, seawalls, berms, and canal banks.

Monday, June 28 2021

Burmese Python

Tens of thousands of invasive Burmese pythons are estimated to be present in the Everglades and are threatening the fragile Everglades ecosystem. They prey on small mammals, bird eggs, and the natural balance of the ecosystem. In the remote southernmost regions of Everglades National Park, populations of raccoons had dropped 99.3 percent, opossums 98.9 percent, and bobcats 87.5 percent since 1997. Marsh rabbits, cottontail rabbits, and foxes effectively disappeared.

Saturday, June 26 2021

Green Iguana

The Green Iguana is an invasive species in South Florida, and is found along the east coast, as well as the Gulf Coast. Hatchlings and juveniles display a bright green coloration. Adults can range in color from green to brown to almost black.

The original small populations in the Florida Keys were stowaways on ships carrying fruit from South America, the pet trade where some escaped and some were released by their owners which not only survived but thrived in their new habitat.

News reports from January 2008, January 2010, and January 2018 noted that large numbers of iguanas established in Florida dropped from the trees in which they lived, due to uncommonly cold nights.

Brown Basilisk

The Brown Basilisk is also known as the Jesus lizard from the ability to walk on water. They can't really walk on water but they literally are able to run on water for short distances. Basilisks can grow as large as 2 feet in length and have the “dinosaur” look due to their head shape with a crest that stems from their skull.

The Florida Wildlife Commission isn't sure what, if any, threat brown basilisks pose to native species so they are not, at present, considered invasive.

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