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  • 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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