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

Burmese python caught in Everglades National Park breaks Florida record

Courtesy: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission A Burmese python caught in Everglades National Park has broken the previous length record by one inch. On Oct. 2., snake trappers Kevin Pavlidis and Ryan Ausburn captured the Florida record, 18 foot and 9 inch long Burmese python roughly 35 miles west of Miami along the L-28