Lawns are being torn apart by wild hogs in Florida

Group of Wild Hogs Running – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by WildMedia Wild hogs are destroying the Florida neighborhood of Sun City Center, acting aggressively towards residents and digging up lawns. WFLA-TV reports the hogs are likely attracted to the area due to the large amount of mango trees, which provide food, as well as

A Florida county has been overrun by huge African land snails

Giant African Land Snails on Human Hand – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Olena Kurashova The Sunshine State’s Pasco County has been under quarantine for over a week, thanks to an increasing population of invasive, disease-carrying giant snails.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has confirmed that the enormous African land snail,

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 flying Joro spider multiplying across the East Coast could soon invade Florida

Joro spider, a type of orb-weaver spider native to Japan — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Dave Hansche Americans living on the East Coast may soon find themselves facing an invasion of giant flying spiders. Large enough to cover the palm of your hand, the Joro spider is quite intimidating. But will these creatures pose a problem

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,

Florida eradicates giant snail that can eat houses and give humans meningitis

Giant African Land Snail – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Kurit Afshen Despite its small size of 8-inches, it’s a master of disaster. This snail can give you meningitis all while eating the stucco off your house. But it has officially been eliminated from Florida once again.  On Wednesday, officials announced that the giant African

Florida has a Coyote problem, and it’s only getting worse

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay Florida is known for its diverse wildlife—most of which is constrained to the confines of the Everglades. But just because we can’t see what’s out there, doesn’t mean we don’t know it exists. Thanks to documentaries, wildlife photographers, and preservation teams, Florida’s wildlife is well documented and preserved enough to

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

Florida Invasive Species may soon be on the menu if scientists deem them safe to consume

Burmese Python. Photo: Vince Adam/Shutterstock.com A new, exotic dish may soon be on your local restaurant’s menu—if they are safe to eat. Florida has had problems with combating invasive species for years due largely in part to its favorable climate, lush ecosystem, and the exotic pet trade. But no species has wrecked the ecosystem nearly

Another invasive lizard species has landed in Florida: The red-headed butterfly eating, agama lizard

Peter’s Rock Agama spotted in Florida. Courtesy: Sean McKnight, UF/IFAS Wildlife Ecology student. Florida is no stranger to invasive species of any kind: bugs, insects, reptiles, plants, you name it, we’ve got it.  Earlier this year, Florida had a new character on the block, the Argentine Black and White Tegu, but this time, it’s the