Florida teen wins the top prize after catching 28 pythons during annual challenge

Burmese Pythons in the Everglades, FL – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Heiko Kiera A 19-year-old man from the Sunshine State accomplished a great feat by capturing 28 Burmese pythons during a 10-day competition created to spread awareness about the serious threat invasive snakes pose on state ecology. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife

Everglades Jetport: The “greatest airport in the world” that never came to be

Everglades Jetport – Credit: The AirportHistory.org Collection via Miami Dade Aviation Department The Everglades Jetport, as it was named when the project launched in 1968, began its life right at the end of the Golden Age of air travel, when plane cabins were covered in smoke from cigars and filled with the loud clinking of

The biggest python ever found in Florida weighs a whopping 200 pounds and is 18 feet long

Burmese Python in the Everglades – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Heiko Kiera According to National Geographic, researchers used another python as bait to coax the largest Burmese python ever spotted in Florida out of its hiding place in the Everglades. The enormous snake is a female that measures nearly 18 feet long and weighs

Giant invasive Burmese pythons are slithering their way up Florida

Burmese Pythons — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Heiko Kiera Following several years of close speculation, invasive Burmese pythons have been spotted making their way up north in Florida. “We have finally, unhappily, sighted a Burmese python in the interior of the refuge,” University of Florida wildlife professor Frank Mazzotti, who heads Fort Lauderdale’s Croc Docs research team,

The top 5 most popular camping areas in Florida

Camping Area – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Prapat Aowsakorn The Sunshine State has always been the perfect destination for a beloved beach vacation, but many seem to forget that Florida has more to offer than theme parks and beaches! The camping travel trend is on the rise with the number of first-time campers skyrocketing,

Florida Cabinet lifts legal ruling that prohibited Miami-Dade from constructing a major highway through the Everglades

American Alligator swimming in the Everglades – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Mark_Kostich A highway may soon be erected across Florida’s most recognizable national park after Gov. Ron DeSantis, and the Florida Cabinet lifted a rule protecting the Everglades’ wetlands from being touched. On Tuesday, Florida legislators lifted a legal ruling that previously blocked Miami-Dade

Two Florida National Parks notch top spots on the list of “Quietest Parks” in the U.S.

Courtesy: ESTA-America.com According to the National Park Service, there are 62 registered and recognized national parks in the U.S. While not every state has a national park; some have multiple parks to make up for those that don’t. Fortunately, Florida is one of the few states that have more than one.  ESTA-America.com has released a

Florida invasive species battle continues as FWC bans “high-risk” reptiles from commercial breeding and pet ownership

Green Iguana – Courtesy: Image by Scottslm from Pixabay In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted on a new set of rules that would ban the commercial breeding practice and ownership of 16 “high-risk” reptiles in the state. The rule would allow current high-risk reptile owners to keep the

Outdoor report finds 3 Florida parks rank among the deadliest in the U.S.

Underwater Coral Reef – Courtesy: National Park Service – Biscayne National Park Few things are certain in life: death, taxes, and Florida finding its way onto top rankings lists for just about anything. This time around, three national parks in Florida made the top-50 list of deadliest national parks in the U.S. According to outdoor