Saturday, July 31, 2010

REDDy: Reptile Early Detection and Documentation Observer Training Course

Several species of large, carnivorous lizards and snakes native to other parts of the world have been introduced and are now established in central and southern Florida. Some of these species--such as Nile Monitor Lizards and Burmese Pythons--are likely causing harm to our native ecosystem. Other species, such as Anacondas, have been found in Florida but are not yet believed to be established and breeding. Early detection and rapid response networks are the key to preventing new introductions and preventing established invaders from spreading to new areas. Observers play a key role in a much larger management program by helping to detect and document the spread of these species and the introduction of new species.

This online course created by the University of Florida help you join the fight to stop these dangerous invaders: