9 Invasive Species In Florida

Muscovy Ducks

Muscovy ducks, introduced as ornamental animals in urban parks, are great pest controls. They steal native species' food. Getting habituated to human food makes them aggressively dependent and a nuisance.

Salvator Merianae

Pet trading brought this 4-foot-long lizard to Florida. It eats plants and animals, damaging Florida's ecology. They devour alligator and turtle eggs. Tegus harm birds, turtles, and crocodiles.

Burmese Python

A typhoon destroyed a breeding facility and freed thousands of 20-foot Burmese pythons. These 200-pound pythons bite, crush, choke, or strangle their prey before eating.

Walking Catfish

It can walk for 18 hours. Black, snake-like creatures with fins and whiskers enjoy stagnant water. They damage Everglades aquaculture stocks. Florida lots are affected.

Cane Toad

Cane toads have killed pets in southern Florida for decades. They produce a milky liquid that can kill a dog or cat in 15 minutes without first aid. Poisonous to humans. Warty frogs live year-round near streams.

Rhesus Monkey

They have herpes B. Fluids from a rhesus monkey can induce brain damage or death if ingested. Monkeys poop on people. Avoid disease-infested invasive species.

Wild Boar

Spanish explorers transported monster pigs to the Americas in the 1500s. Floridians spend hundreds on wild boards' damage. These 6ft, 150lb pigs may get furious. Agriculture and animal consumption reduce biodiversity.

Spinytail Iguana

The Central American invader eats mice and lizards. Rooftops and pipelines are climbed. Spiky tails are everywhere. Their hunger damages property and harms endangered animals.


Late 1980s aquarium owners released lionfish in Florida. Poisonous predators endanger fish. They devour coral-protecting herbivores. They eat native animals and flora and compete for food.

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