Florida’s Unwanted Immigrant Problem Is Booming

000 burmese python in floridaLast month’s Burmese python hunt in the Everglades killed 68 snakes, one 14 feet 3 inches long. Still, the snakes are killing off small animals and destroying gator eggs in record numbers.

Other unpopular Florida visitors include the world’s largest toad, brought in to kill bugs. The cane toad also kills baby birds and has a toxin that can kill the family pet. The African walking catfish were hurt by winter freezes, but they exist. On Grassy Key in the Florida Keys, the Gambian pouch rat (world’s largest) wants to free trip on your boat.

And look in the trees of South Florida where squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, and rhesus monkeys are playing. They look cute, but some are escapees from medical research centers.

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Historian and travel writer M. C. Bob Leonard makes the Sunshine State his home base. Besides serving as content editor for several textbook publishers and as an Emeritus college professor, he moderates the FHIC at www.floridahistory.org
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