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Sunday, February 29, 2004

Forget the Gators: Exotic Pets Run Wild in Florida

Burmese Python

Miami, NY Times reports: Burmese pythons are wrestling alligators in the Everglades. African monitor lizards, ill tempered and up to seven feet long, are splashing through canals in Cape Coral. Vervet monkeys hang around a car rental lot near Fort Lauderdale; South American monk parakeets wreak havoc on power lines; Cuban tree frogs have colonized everywhere, gobbling native frogs as they go.

The southern end of Florida, the most tropical state outside Hawaii, is teeming with exotic beasts....

Retiring in Florida (more than 200 non-native species of wildlife have moved into Southern Florida), including:

Boa Constrictor (Central & S. America)
Monk Parakeet (S. America)
Cuban tree frog (West Indies)
Vervet Monkey (Africa)
Green Iquana (Central & S. America)
Burmese Python
Macaques (Asia)
Nile Monitor Lizard (Africa)

"Forget Gators: All Kinds of Exotic Pets Are Running Wild in Florida" (.pdf) [NY Times]
Non-native Species Everglades National Park [National Park Service]
Exotic Animals run Wild in Florida [NOAH]
Huge, Freed Pet Pythons Invade Florida Everglades [National Geographic with photo gallery of Invasive Species]

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