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Gopher tortoise burrow at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station. Photo taken 10-16-23

Black Spiny-Tailed Iguanas vs Gopher Tortoises

January 19, 2024

You thought your college roommate was bad! Gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) are the architects, builders, and apartment supers of the woods in Florida. Their capacious burrows provide relatively safe and comfortable living quarters ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species
Tags: Bryan M. Kluever, Department Of Wildlife Ecology And Conservation, Miguel A. Acevedo, Parker Hall, Sean L. McKnight, Steve A. Johnson
Green iguanas in South Florida.

Green Iguanas: The Changing Landscape

August 8, 2021

Coastal southern Florida has long been home to green iguanas. They came first as stowaways on ships. Then people began importing them to keep them as pets. The wild population grew when pets escaped or when people intentionally released their ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Invasive Species
Tags: Department Of Wildlife Ecology And Conservation, Elizabeth Fortner, Natalie M. Claunch, Paige Borcyk, Steve A. Johnson

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