Popular Coontie garden plant in Florida revives near-extinct butterfly species

Atala butterfly thrives on coontie plant – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by a. v. ley The resurgence of a plant native to the Sunshine State, the coontie, has simultaneously revived the wonders of the native Atala butterfly, which relies on plants like the coontie and similar plant species to feed its larvae. For decades, both

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,

Giant great white shark found just off Florida’s Indian River Lagoon

Great White Shark – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Martin Prochazkacz A monstrous great white shark, also known as Breton, has been found just off of Florida’s Indian River lagoon system. On June 6, a tracker hosted by ocean research organization OCEARCH spotted Breton in Florida, not too far away from Port Saint Lucie at