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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Venomous and Nonvenomous Snakes in Florida

Nonvenomous Rat Snake

Venomous and nonvenomous snakes are a natural part of the Florida environment. Unfortunately, many people suffer from ophidiophobia –  which is a strong anxiety toward all snakes (Schaefer 2019).  Having increased knowledge of which snakes… Read More

Papaya Disease: Anthracnose

One of the important pathogens that cause anthracnose disease on papaya is Colletotrichum gloeosporiodes. Anthracnose disease is a common disease on many tropical and subtropical fruits in Florida such as mango. The management of this… Read More

The Atala Steppingstone Project

atala butterfly

Once thought extinct, the rare Florida atala butterfly was rediscovered and can thrive with a little help from Florida residents. The UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County, the Manatee Observation and Education Center, Heathcote Botanical Gardens… Read More

Scrub Jays in St. Lucie County Preserves

Florida Scrub Jay

The St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department (ERD) maintains preserves with scrub habitat that I recommend hiking. Along the way, trekkers might encounter Florida scrub-jays in St. Lucie County preserves.  Sheraton Scrub is one preserve… Read More