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Scott Signs Measure Targeting Invasive Species

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Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 7:00 am

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill aimed at reducing the number of pythons and other invasive species that cause damage in parts of the state, including the Everglades.

The bill , which Scott signed Friday after it was unanimously approved this month by the Legislature, sets up a pilot program targeting pythons and species such as tegu lizards and lionfish.

Under the program, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be able to enter contracts with people to capture or destroy the species on public lands and in state waters.

“The Legislature finds that priority invasive species continue to expand their range and to decimate the fauna and flora of the Everglades and other natural areas and ecosystems in the Southern and Central parts of the state at an accelerating rate. … The goal of the pilot program is to examine the benefits of using strategically deployed, trained private contractors to slow the advance of priority invasive species, contain their populations, and eradicate them from this state,” said the measure, sponsored by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, and Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello

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1 comment:

  • thalia posted at 6:09 pm on Sun, Apr 8, 2018.

    thalia Posts: 1

    Please don't hunt and kill the tegu lizard. They NEVER eat dogs or cats. They do eat alligator eggs, which is bad for Florida, but they are a highly desirable pet in other parts of the United States.
    Tegus never attack. Some will bite when provoked, but others will cower because we are much larger than they are.
    With a little feeding and handling, Tegus easily become very friendly lizards. They are the smartest reptiles on earth, and they are actually warm-blooded like cats and dogs.
    Tegus fetch over $200 each on the pet market, so trapping and selling tegus is a viable business plan. They are omnivores, so they are easy to keep. You can ship them to other parts of the country where they will be welcome. I have three. They sleep with me in my bed. They can be house trained like puppies. I paid $160 plus $65 shipping to have a sub-adult delivered from florida in 2013. I named her swampy and she is now over 3' long, house trained, and very well behaved. I took her trick-or-treating and she was a big hit!
    Please don't kill the tegus. They definitely have feelings and they don't want to hurt anybody. They are just hungry. They are here because people wanted to keep them as pets, and they should have the chance to fulfill that purpose.