Florida

2021 Florida Python Challenge Nets 223 Snakes

The 2021 Florida Python Challenge saw hunters remove 223 of the invasive Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) from south Florida during the 10-day competition, more than any other year. The challenge, which is held every year in an effort to…

12 Eastern Indigo Snakes Released In Northern Florida

The Nature Conservancy announced today that it has released 12 Eastern indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi) in northern Florida's Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (ABRP) in Bristol, in an effort to return the native reptile to the region that it has…

Florida Offers Free Microchipping for Banned Reptile Pets

Florida's non-native reptile pet rules go into effect April 29, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a series of Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag (also known as a microchip) days to help reptile keepers who…

Tortoise Stolen From Florida’s Riverland Nursery

Someone stole Calypso, a yellow-footed tortoise (Geochelone denticulata) from the Riverland Nursery in Fort Myers, Florida, and the folks at the nursery would like her back. The tortoise has been at Riverland for many years and even has her own…

Milksnake Captured In Florida Everglades

A Central American milksnake (Lampropeltis abnorma) was spotted in the Everglades National Park the week of February 25 and was safely captured by USGS biologist, Jillian Josimovich and biological science technician, Gretchen Anderson. The snake, which is popular amongst reptile…

Florida FWC’s Python Dogs Bag First Invasive Burmese Python

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that its latest efforts to “sniff” out Burmese pythons on public lands in south Florida has logged its first success with the FWC’s new Detector Dog Team, locating an 8-foot male python…

Wild Florida’s Snake Exhibit Destroyed By Fire

Wild Florida, an Orlando, FL area safari park, announced on Facebook that an electrical fire destroyed the safari park’s snake exhibit, killing all the reptiles in the exhibit. No people were reported injured in the fire. “Sad to report a…

Invasive Lizards Adapting To Florida’s Cold Weather

  When extreme cold snaps hit south Florida in the winter, the sight of cold-stunned lizards is a common occurrence. Every year the temperatures drop, so do the invasive reptiles. Right off their perches. Researchers have now concluded that six…

Florida Law That Restricted Certain Reptiles Ruled Unconstitutional

A Florida law signed June 29 by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that placed restrictions on the possession, breeding and sale of non-native tegu lizards (Salvator sp), reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus) and green iguanas (Iguana iguana), has been ruled unconstitutional by Leon County Circuit Judge…

Florida FWC Traps 100-Pound Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle

Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute were checking traps last week that were set for the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys suwanniensis), and were surprised with what they had captured, a 100-pound male and a 46-pound female.…

5,000 Burmese Pythons Removed From Everglades

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in conjunction with the South Florida Water Management District announced that 5,000 invasive Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) have been removed from the Florida Everglades ecosystem since the first Python Challenge was launched…