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Florida's 10 Most unwanted

Invasive, non-native species can act like criminals among Florida's native habitats.

Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), is considered the state's most problematic aquatic weed.

Hydrilla clogs water intakes and reduces storm water flow.

Feral hogs (Sus scrofa), root like rototillers and bring crop damage and livestock diseases.

Feral hog damage sensitive habitats such as The Disney Wilderness Preserve.

Island apple snails (Pomacea insularum) are thought to have been released accidentally.

Monitor lizards (Varanus niloticus), eat native birds and aggressively threaten areas.

Old World climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum) is a great threat to native plants and animals.

Old World climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum) fronds grow up to 125 feet.

Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans) are native to the South Pacific and Indian oceans.

Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus), at up to 20 feet.

Purple swamphens (Porphyrio porphyrio), prove that invasive birds can be dangerous.

Fire ants (Solenopsis invicat), spread rapidly and easily.

Fire ants are now in 14 southern states and California-at four to seven times their native density.

The Mexican bromeliad weevil is thought to have infiltrated Ft. Lauderdale in 1989 on a shipment of Mexican bromeliads.

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