Florida’s Invasive Species Fiasco

Giant lizards, wild boars, and pythons are all just part of a regular day on the job for Florida wildlife trappers

FloridaFOX 35 Orlando, MELBOURNE, Fla. – Giant lizards, wild boars, coyotes, and pythons are all just part of a regular day on the job for wildlife trapper James Dean.

He said these invasive animals have wreaked havoc in the Sunshine State. “Florida has always been a zoo,” Dean added.

Every year, invasive species cause an estimated $1.4 trillion in damage and control costs worldwide.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Florida is home to more non-native animals than any other part of the country.

Dean knows this all too well. He said he has had a big increase in phone calls for wild boar sightings this year, and some of them are a 500-pound problem … Click here to read more. 

Green Iguanas Now Illegal In FL; What Pet Owners Should Know

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

D’Ann Lawrence White, Patch Staff | Apr 30, 2021

PATCH.COM, FLORIDA — Iggy the green iguana may be your child’s beloved pet. However, as of Thursday, he’s also illegal.

A new statewide law takes effect Thursday prohibiting the sale and purchase of 16 nonnative reptiles in Florida, including green iguanas and tegus, a type of lizard from Central and South America that can grow as large as a dog.

But parents need not worry. There won’t be armed wildlife officers invading your home to confiscate your child’s pet.

Residents who own green iguanas and tegus, however, will have to register them, obtain a permit and have their pet reptiles microchipped.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

To make it easier for Florida residents to comply with the new invasive species law, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Service is hosting a series of Tag Your Reptile Day events in May and June.

The new state rules are designed to protect Florida from 16 species of high-risk, nonnative reptiles, which are all too often released into the wild when irresponsible pet owners get tired of them or the creatures escape their cages and wander away from their homes.

For years, these nonnative species have negatively impacted Florida’s sensitive ecosystem. Nonnative species tend to breed quickly and can take over an area, competing with native wildlife for food and other resources, killing the native species’ young, introducing new diseases into the habitat and disrupting the food chain.

In response to the growing problem, the state enacted a new law Feb. 21 intended to cut down on the release of green iguanas and tegus into the environment and help locate the owners if the creatures are lost.

Floridians will no longer be able to buy or sell these reptiles:

  • Burmese or Indian pythons
  • Reticulated pythons
  • Green anacondas
  • Northern African pythons
  • Southern African pythons
  • Scrub pythons
  • Nile monitors … Click here to read more.


- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


Obama Wants 675 People At His Birthday Party

NY POST – Former President Barack Obama is creating a “nightmare” by trying to get nearly 700 people to his 60th birthday bash in...

Current Vaccines Projected To Fail

London (CNN) An analysis by British academics, published Friday by the UK Government's official scientific advisory group, says that they believe it is "almost...

Democrat’s Wish For Lindsey Graham: “Hope He Dies”

Fox News – Kate Coyne-McCoy, the chief strategist of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, faced swift criticism late Monday over a tweet about Sen....

Deja Vu All Over Again: Wuhan’s Huge Covid Outbreak

China Orders Mass Testing In Wuhan As COVID Outbreak Spreads BEIJING (AP) — China suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced...

Florida, Texas Are Covid Epicenters

TUESDAY, AUG 3 2021 Florida And Texas Are Covid Epicenters With Third Of US Cases Reported There In Florida, criticism grows over Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis'...

Vaccine 99.999% Effective Against Deadly Covid-19 Breakthroughs

(CNN)More than 99.99% of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death, according to the latest...

Hospital Workers Protest Vaccine Requirement

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – Hundreds of Charlotte-area healthcare workers and supporters protested Sunday against Atrium Health’s new coronavirus vaccination policy. The protest from Freedom Park to...

“Mask Mandates Are Stupid, And Donald Trump Won The Election”

Rep. Matt Gaetz called Dr. Anthony Fauci a “sniveling twit” and said without evidence that Democrats are using the coronavirus to create socialism in America.

“The Damn Vaccine” – Dying Dad’s Last Words

LAS VEGAS (KVVU) - A family is mourning the loss of a husband and father after he died from COVID-19. “He was only 39; our...

Pentagon Preps For Mandatory Vaccine Enforcement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is vowing he "won't let grass grow under our feet" as the department begins to implement the...
- Advertisement -