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Old 10-12-2009, 10:20 PM
 
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I just watched a brief (too brief) episode on TV on introduced species in Florida. It was a fascinating look at an increasingly important issue for the state. It claimed that Burmese Pythons and Iguanas are now prospering in the southern part of the state. However, many questions remain...

1. Where exactly are the iguanas found? What is their new territory in Florida. I lived in Gainesville in 2003 - 2005 and never even heard of iguanas in the state. What is their new range?

2. When where the iguanas introduced? I understand the burmese pythons were introduced after 1995 and have been fluirshing in the past 10 years. When did the iguanas become known to the public?

3. Are the Burmese Pythons expanding outside the Everglades? What is their current range beyond the Everglades?

4. Is it true that African Rock Pythons were now introduced? What is the possibility that they will breed with the burmese and produce a "hyperized" snake like National geographic says could happen?

5. Are any of these species a threat to humans? I understand a 3 year old was killed by a burmese python. Is this just the beginning or a freak occurance?

Thank you.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:00 AM
 
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People are what's wrecking Florida, not Iguanas or Pythons.
The most dangerous 'introduced species' of all.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:58 AM
 
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Pythons have been killed as far north as Martin County.

I also talked to a FWC guy and he told me that there are cobras established in Miami, but I haven't heard that anywhere else.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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not to mention the Venezuela Jumping Spider. Thiose things are fast.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:30 PM
 
Location: right here!
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We did have a 2-year old killed by a PET python that got loose in the house. To my knowledge, no reports of pythons in the wild killing anyone. Two weeks ago, Animal Control was called out to capture a 10 ft. python a few miles down the road from me. I live in the sticks, very near a state park, on the Gulf Coast between Sarasota - Port Charlotte. Tons of iguanas on Boca Grande and Manasota Key. They're a nuisance because they eat native plants and have no natural predators here so the ecosystem is threatened.

There are lots of animals - reptiles, mammals, even fish - that are non-native and threaten the local flora/fauna. Very little threat to humans. Most of these are former "pets" that people have set "free".
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:15 PM
 
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My cousin lives in Okeechobee and a couple of months ago he came upon a 18ft python, his uncle shot it. It was, at that time, the largest found that far north. It even made the news here in Missouri. So, they are moving out of the Everglades and they like the orange groves to live in. But, I'm still moving to Florida after the first of the year, snakes over winter anytime, just use caution.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Just took this picture the other day of a 3ft Iguana that I saw crossing the street south of Miami in the Redlands. Key Biscayne just of Miami coast has a problem with the iguanas, some parts of Ft. Lauderdale and parts of The Keys are having problems with too many iguanas. But I have seen them in other parts of Miami too. The Pythons are expanding from what I hear, they are now in the Upper Keys they say, haven't seen one there though, like you see the iguanas.
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Riverview, FL....for now.
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Holy crap guys! I have lived in Florida all my life, from Marathon Key, Conch Key, Miami, Tampa, and Live Oak (north Fl.) and I have never seen a python, jumping spider, or iguana...wild at least. This is a shocker to me!
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:02 PM
 
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5. Are any of these species a threat to humans?

Thank you.
Yes. They are a serious threat to Florida's ecosystem, here's a link to another thread about this issue:

Florida going through an iguana invasion?
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:48 PM
 
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A friend of mine was cycling in west Broward county and took some photos of a bunch of Nile Monitors on the side of the road.
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