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Invasive Species

Air Potato
02 Aug: Florida Takes Aim at Invasive Plants

A plant native to Africa and Asia is choking out native plants in Florida, and the state has a plan to eradicate it. The Air Potato has heart-shaped leaves and produces potato-like nodules that become new plants. The Department of…

key deer worms
27 Jun: Flesh-Eating worms Reach Florida’s Mainland

The stray dog came with bad news. This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a dog near Homestead, Florida—a city 15 miles north of the Florida Keys—was found with wounds infested with screwworms, the much dreaded flesh-eating pest….

02 Feb: Irula tribesmen chase pythons in the Everglades

Renown for their snake-hunting abilities, the Irula tribesmen of India have been hired by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to help hunt and remove Burmese pythons from various areas, including the Everglades.  Within a week, they were able…