Nonnative Pet Amnesty Day Events
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
In an effort to keep unwanted exotic pets out of Florida's native habitats, people
can surrender exotic pets free of charge with no questions asked. Every attempt
will be made to place all healthy animals with nonnative
pet adopters. Upcoming Amnesty Day Events:
- Apr 11, 2015 - Melbourne, Florida
- May 16, 2015 - Kissimmee, Florida
Identify and Report Invasive Animals and Plants in Florida - IveGot1
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
IveGot1 is more than just an app, it is an integrated invasive species reporting and outreach campaign for Florida that includes the app, a website with direct access to invasive species reporting and a hotline 1-888-IVEGOT1 for instant reports of live animals. By reporting sightings of invasive animals and plants, Florida agencies can better assess the extent of the infestations and hopefully eradicate new infestations before they become huge problems. The goal of IveGot1 is to make identification and reporting easy and efficient as possible.
Giant African Land Snail
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Scientists consider the giant African land snail (GALS) to be one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different types of plants, and can pose a serious health risk to humans. These snails could be devastating to Florida agriculture and natural areas because they cause extensive damage to tropical and subtropical environments. GALS are illegal to import into the U.S. without a permit. If you have seen one of these snails please contact the FDACS helpline (888) 397-1517.
Since the initial detection, APHIS has actively worked with the FDACS to conduct survey, regulatory, control, and outreach activities. See Giant African Snail Program Information.
Florida Environmental Report
South Florida Water Management District.
This annual report details restoration, scientific and engineering accomplishments in South Florida coastal areas.
For invasive species
related information, see "Volume
1, Chapter 7: Status of Nonindigenous Species."