PhotoSpeciesHome RangeProblemManagement
Black-and-White Tegu

Salvator merianae
South America Consume eggs of ground nesters including the gopher tortoise, alligators, and could threatened American crocodiles Can bite viciously, call FWC.

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Brown Anole

Cuban Anole

Anolis sagrei
Cuba and the Bahamas Aggressive competitor with native lizards Collect during cold winter days when they are sluggish, rub 20% benzocaine cream on their back, once numb place in zip lock and freeze.

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Burmese Python

Python bivittatus
Southeast Asia Preys on birds, mammals, and reptiles – some which are protected Dangerous to collect alone, call FWC

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Cuban Treefrog

Osteopilus septentrionalis
Cuba, Bahamas, Cayman Islands Consume native species and out compete native treefrogs, clog plumbing, short-circuit electric systems Use PVC pipe to trap, rub 20% benzocaine cream on their back, place in zip lock and, when numb, freeze.

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Feral Hogs

Sus scrofa
Brought by the Spanish in 1500s Compete with native species for food, ground nest raiders, consume young livestock, destroy gardens and wild vegetation Hunting and trapping are allowed. Check with FWC for rules and regs for different properties.

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Green Mussel

Perna viridis
Indo-Pacific Displace native shellfish such as oysters, clock water intakes Visual inspection of your vessel’s hull, drain bilge before moving vessel to new body of water, can be harvested for consumption in waters where shellfish harvest is allowed, and the harvester has proper license.

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Lionfish next to relative informationLionfish

Pterois volitans
Indo-Pacific Consumes at least 70 species of small reef fishes including vermillion snapper Spearfishing most effective at the moment.

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Nile Monitor

Varanus niloticus
Sub-Saharan Africa Consume eggs of ground nesting native species – including many protected species, also known to take pets Call FWC.

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Myocastor coypus
South American Aggressive vegetative eaters and can do damage to a marsh, burrow into dikes and levels making them less stable Barriers to keep them out, vegetation management to make habitat unattractive, trapping.

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Regal Demoiselle

Neopomacentrus cyanomos
Indonesia Unknown at this time. Could reduce native damselfish populations. No known method of management at this time. If found, contact USGS at

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Tiger Shrimp

Penaeus monodon
Indo-Pacific Shown in lab to consume native shrimp, impact in wild is uncertain No known method of management at this time.

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Blackchin Tilapia


Tropical Africa Displaces native fish. In one FL spring it was 90% of the fish biomass. Seems to be a reservoir for fungal diseases that can spread. None known at this time.

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Mayan Cichlids

Mayaheros uropthalmus

Cichlasoma urophthalmus
Central America Both displacement and predation of native species. Rod and reel fishing.

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Pike Killifish

Central America Preys on mosquitofish, other live bearers, and native killifish. Could compete with juvenile snook for shrimp. No known method

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