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Category: Wildlife

New research brings to light a novel threat to our native species

Giant invasive snakes: The problem with invasive species By now, we have all heard of the giant invasive snakes, such as the Burmese pythons now found in Everglades National Park. Like many animal species that become invasive, these… Read More

Be-at-Home with Nature: Tobacco hornworms

The very hungry caterpillar The tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) is not a worm. It is a caterpillar, a very hungry caterpillar. They are called hornworms because they have a harmless, red horn on their abdomen. These common garden pests are known for eating entire leaves off of… Read More

What in the World is This? The mangrove salt marsh snake

Mangrove salt marsh snake

Recently, while filming a mangrove video at Lemon Bay Park in Sarasota County, I spotted a beautiful snake, resting a few feet from me while well-hidden in the branches of a gorgeous red mangrove. The snake remained motionless,… Read More

Be-at-Home with Nature: What’s in your backyard challenge?

Nature is Everywhere   Yesterday was an unusually cool day here in Sarasota. Low in humidity, high in cloud cover, with thunder in the distance, I decided to take a break on my backyard deck. As I took… Read More