INVASIVE SPECIES

The growing number of exotic invasive species taking up residence in the Everglades is reaching a critical level. They have decimated numerous wildlife populations and show no signs of slowing down.  The current limited eradication and management programs have had little effect to-date.                    

                                      Below are just a few of the invaders.

Cane Toad, Bufo marinus...The largest toad in Florida.  It eats all kinds of native frogs and toads.  It also breeds year round.

Black and white tegus can grow to around three feet and weigh fifteen pounds.

Black and white tegus can grow to around three feet and weigh fifteen pounds.

           Feral hogs cause billions of dollars in agricultural damages yearly and can be dangerous.

The Burmese Python has been spreading across the state eating everything in it's path.

Burmese Python estimated spread.  Map by Michele Wood (UF).