A Cape Coral woman had been missing her cat for a few weeks, and when she walked out in her back yard the other day, she may have found the culprit. Katie Onufer was able to snap a few pictures of a Nile Monitor Lizard, which hissed at her before sneaking out through a hole in her fence. That’s on top of recent reports of coyotes taking dogs in Punta Gorda: my neighbor actually had one in his lanai! Cape Coral (and some other areas) are filthy with iguanas. The Burmese Python situation is so bad, they are sponsoring another hunt. Now, other types of pythons, including aggressive Rock Pythons, may be establishing breeding populations. It’s not just on land… toothy Snakeheads have established colonies in our canals. And toothy little carnivorous dragons known as Tegu are spreading in South Florida.
As if Florida didn’t already have enough scary wildlife of it’s own, we literally have all the nastiest critters from around the globe congregating here to eat us. Let this serve as a warning to snowbirds: stay out… Florida is a dangerous place! Even the armadillos have leprosy!
If you see a Nile Monitor lizard, report it to FWC. If you see any of these critters, report them. Run first! Then report them.