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Invasive Exotics: An Introduction

Invasive exotic species are introduced plants and animals that cause harm to the environment, the economy, and sometimes human health.

In Florida, invasive exotic plants include melaleuca, Brazilian pepper, and air potato. Homeowners are encouraged to remove invasive plant species and replace them with Florida-Friendly plants.

Invasive animals are also a problem in Florida. Some species include Burmese pythons, Cuban tree frogs, and coyotes. Invasive iguanas cause problems in South Florida because they eat valuable landscape plants, shrubs, and trees, and their burrows can trigger the collapse of seawalls.

The best thing you can do is remove invasive plants from your landscape, and report any invasive animals to your local animal control.

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