The state is also a central hub in the exotic pet trade. To date, two tegus species have set up shop in Florida: Salvator merianae the Argentine black and white tegu and Tumpinambis teguixin sensu lato the Colombian gold tegu. They pose a significant danger to many local species—such as alligators, turtles, and ground-nesting birds—as these long-clawed lizards can easily dig up nests to devour eggs.
Not your dream neighbor: A male Argentine Black and White Tegu Salvator merianae mounts a female that has been dead for two days and attempts to mate. Photo by Ivan Sazima via Wikimedia Commons.
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Fitzgerald and his co-authors built species distribution models and projected those models onto North America to estimate the prospective range of the tegus. They found that much of Mexico and the southern United States would provide suitable habitat for at least one species of tegu.
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Of course, tegu are not the only invasive reptiles to wreak havoc on Florida's delicate ecology. The state hosts a population of Burmese pythons that have turned the Everglades into their personal sex pad. Like the tegu, this snake species was imported into the U. After enough either escaped captivity or intentional release, they managed to establish a breeding population. Who knew caring for a foot, pound snake would be so difficult?
Also like the tegu, these pythons prey on native species that have no natural defenses against them, while simultaneously outcompeting local predators for resources. As cited by the United States Geological Survey , a study showed populations of raccoons, opossums, and bobcats have dropped Marsh rabbits, cottontail rabbits, and foxes have effectively disappeared from this region. Florida may be a special case, but it hardly stands alone.
In the United States, there are approximately 50, non-native species.
Of those, roughly 4, are considered invasive. Every state plays host to invasive species and not just reptiles. Non-native birds, fish, mammals, and even plants have massively damaged local ecosystems. English ivy, for example, was originally introduced to North America as an ornamental plant designed to elicit images of quaint English cottages. Today, it is a threat to biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest , where it grows uncontrollably, suppresses native vegetation, and destroys wildlife habitat.
English ivy. Photo: Creative Commons. But the onus doesn't just fall on negligent gardeners and pet owners.
Invasive species have been introduced to the United States through a myriad of routes: from commerce the nutria was bred for its fur to land management Asian carps were introduced to control weeds and parasites in aquaculture to complete and total accidents the emerald ash borer is believed to have immigrated on wooden packing materials from China. Even Shakespeare enthusiasts shoulder some of the blame. In the 19th century, the American Acclimation Society deemed it necessary to introduce North America to every bird mentioned in the Bard's oeuvre.
Its members released skylarks, nightingales, and song thrushes. None of them survived.
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