Diamondback Terrapins are small turtles that live in the brackish waters of estuaries from Massachusetts to Texas. They can be found in tidal creeks and rivers, bays and sounds, salt marshes, and mangrove systems. Throughout their range, ... READ MORE
The oldest animal fossil ever found was from a horseshoe crab that was alive 445 million years ago. Horseshoe crabs roamed the continental shelves of the primordial seas 200 million years before the dinosaurs! For this reason, horseshoe crabs ... READ MORE
As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps.
Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office ... READ MORE
Here in the beautiful Florida Keys, we have no shortage of tidal shoreline and coastal landscapes, in addition to some unique natural habitats. This provides a fantastic opportunity to observe many of nature’s beautiful creatures. Especially ... READ MORE
By Shelly Krueger, Florida Sea Grant Agent, Monroe County IFAS Extension
When I see a horseshoe crab I feel transported back in time. Horseshoe crabs roamed the continental shelves of the primordial seas 200 million years before dinosaurs ... READ MORE
What’s that critter?
Many homeowners call the Extension service to hopefully get a vexing critter ID via phone with only a description. If it rings a distinct bell, such as “it’s flat little gray bag-like ... READ MORE
Over the past year I have been hearing from clientele in the upper and lower Keys about a thick webbing on their plants. At the October 2014 Big Pine Key October Plant Clinic I received a sample of three pumpkin seed like structures with webbing. ... READ MORE
Holly Abeels, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent
Tunicates are found throughout the Indian River Lagoon growing attached to mangrove roots, pilings, oyster reefs, and any hard substance they can find every spring and into the summer. They ... READ MORE
According to the UF/IFAS publication by W. H. Kern, Jr., Assistant Professor "Dealing with Iguanas in South Florida" http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/IN/IN52800.pdf The best measures for iguanas are tolerance, exclusion, and habitat modification. ... READ MORE
If you live in the Florida Keys and have a plant or insect problem stop by one of the regional plant clinics for answers to your landscaping questions. Clinics are held from October 2008 to April 2009. You do not need to stay for the duration ... READ MORE