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Invasive Species

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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….

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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…

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16 Sep: Voracious tegus on the move in South Florida

A voracious South American reptile invading marshes in Miami-Dade County might have staked a claim in new territory: Florida Power & Light’s cooling canals at Turkey Point. Since the spring, researchers for the first time have trapped four tegus near…