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Old 06-16-2010, 01:50 PM
Location: Texarkana
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I saw this program on Animal Planet last night about invasive species from other countries over running Florida. It was called Killer Aliens. They mainly talked about 4 problem invaders: Burmese pythons, wild hogs, Nile monitor lizards and the Gambian pouch rat from Africa. It talked about how people were getting some of these animals as pets and when they either got tired of them or they got too big to handle the owners would just release them. They said the Burmese python may well exceed 100,000 in population and is spreading like wildfire! They've even gotten into battles with gators and crocs in the glades. That's just crazy. Those weren't the only big snakes mentioned. The anaconda and the African rock python have been observed as well. I was so interested in this subject that after the show I decided to look on the internet about Florida's invasive species and was shocked!
Here is a list of non native mammals, birds, amphibians, fish and reptiles according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

Nonnative Birds
FWC - Nonnative Birds

Nonnative Mammals
FWC - Nonnative Mammals

Nonnative Reptiles
FWC - Nonnative Reptiles

Nonnative Amphibians
FWC - Nonnative Amphibians

Nonnative Fish
FWC - Nonnative - Freshwater Fishes

It's like Florida is turning into a jungle paradise or something.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:23 PM
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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Yeah, I've seen those shows. My husband likes them. They are so sensationalized though, that I can't tell what the truth is. They are too over the top for me.

I read somewhere that the extremely cold winter we had killed off a whole bunch of the invasive species.
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:50 PM
Location: Texarkana
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Yeah I hear ya. The media does tend to blow things out of proportion. Yeah I heard the same thing about the cold weather killing off a lot of the snakes and stuff.
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