Category Archives: Florida

African Warthog Captured in Florida

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Florida warthog

FWC responded to reports of an African Warthog roaming around St. Lucie County, Florida last month. Several attempts to trap the hog were unsuccessful. A few days later, he was spotted and they tried again to snare trap it. Finally, Officer Bradley Toby had to tackle the warthog, until it could be guided into a trap. Fortunately, Toby only suffered some cuts on his legs. I hope there’s some video of the thrilling capture that gets released at some point!

 

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via FWC

Unfortunately, the animal had to be put down so they could examine it for disease. There’s no indication how the warthog came to be living in Florida. This is the first I’ve heard of it: though it’s not the first African animal to be caught in Florida… while the Burmese python is the most notorious, there has been a spread of African Rock Pythons as well, which are also large and very aggressive. I’ve personally seen some Guinea Fowl wandering around residential neighborhoods here in Fort Myers: but those are nothing to be scared of! Glad the FWC officer was ok… those warthogs can be tough if you do not show them respect!

 

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Poor Marlins Fans

 

2 years ago, the Miami Marlins had a young exciting roster with some real things to look forward to… now that’s all gone. The traded Marcell Ozuna yesterday, which is crazy, because not only was he good, he was an All-Star at a bargain price (they only paid 3.5 million last year.) Now they’ve got Yelich, and Bour, and… uh… is Ichiro still playing? It’s so sad. The traded the reigning MVP Stanton for a couple of minor prospects and an old second baseman to replace the most exciting player on the roster in Dee Gordon.

I understand the new owners are broke, because they had to finance their purchase of the team, so I understand why they wanted to move Stanton’s contract, but they didn’t get a great return. Jeter didn’t even show his face to explain it… Now they’ve traded 3 stars- young, fun, exciting players, so nobody is going to want to go see them.  This teardown rivals the post-championship teardowns… without a good season as a trade-off. Oh, by the way, they also fired, then botched the rehire of all-time great special advisers like Tony Perez, Andre Dawson, Jack McKeon, and Mr. Marlin, Jeff Conine. It’s like they want people to dislike them.

We went to a game this season where we wen to the Clevelander club located in the leftfield stands. That was cool… and at one point Ozuna started dancing to the music coming from the club- very cool. Also, he put on a show at the Home Run Derby. He’s gone, and all the life of the club with him. I’ll probably be back, but only to see my Reds in town. The Marlins had a poster day, and my kid got one, and hung it on his wall, and now half the players on it are gone. I’m not particularly a Marlins fan, and this is a reminder not to be one.

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Source- internet (author unknown)

Asian Water Lizard Captured on Collier Golf Course

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Kevin Hennings about to recapture Poseidon at TwinEagles

The headline makes this seem more ominous than it is, because there is not currently in invasive issue with Asian water lizards, but it must’ve been freaky for the golfers who saw the 6-foot reptile on the course! This one was an escaped pet, who made some national news when his escape was announced. Fortunately some good Samaritans notified him when “Poseidon” was spotted at TwinEagles. He was able to lure it with some frozen chicken and catch it without much difficulty. The Naples News story has the thrilling footage of the capture!

At this time, these reportedly don’t even need a permit: they are not one of the species that is currently joining the exotic invasions of African lizards that Florida is dealing with right now.

The Alligators are Eating the Sharks!

gator-sharkWe have a lot of dangerous wildlife in Florida- there’s probably more things that can kill you here than anywhere but Australia! And when dangerous critters get together, there are winners and losers! A recent study was published in the Southeastern Journal documenting the frequency of alligators eating sharks. There had been some anecdotal evidence before, but the new research indicates it is much more common than realized. Sharks frequently come into brackish fresh water, and while alligators don’t live in saltwater, they can tolerate it. Naturally, when a larger predator comes into contact with a smaller critter, even if it’s also a predator, the smaller critter runs the risk of becoming lunch. I’m sure a large shark would make a meal of a smaller alligator, if given the chance. Gators certainly have learned that can make a meal out of sharks and rays!

bobcat sharkThey aren’t the only predators willing to go after sharks. A couple years ago, a man named John Bailey snapped a pic of a shark being fished out by a bobcat near Vero Beach. Like I said, there’s a lot of nasty critters in Florida!

Florida’s Other Reptile Problem

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Iguana on Key Biscayne

The Burmese Pythons have gotten a lot of press lately, and we have seen Nile Monitor lizards in Cape Coral, and mean old Tegus on the east coast, but it tends to get forgotten that there are invasive iguanas established in many places on Florida. They are not dangerous to people or animals, so they don’t get much press, but they are ubiquitous in certain areas.

 

iguanas crandonThey can be a problem, from invading housing developments and weakening retaining walls, but also to native flora and fauna. For instance: “In the Florida Keys, iguanas ate up the host plant for the endangered Miami blue butterfly in Bahia Honda State Park. Nearly 600 iguanas have been removed from the park in the last two fiscal years, according to Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, but the quarter-sized butterflies haven’t returned.”

And their presence was apparent at the Miami Open, where Tommy Haas snapped a selfie of one on a court!

VIDEO: Gator Jumps in an Airboat!

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Tylor Hindery via facebook

Some tourists took an airboat tour in the Everglades, and probably thought they were pretty luck to pull right up next to an Alligator. They were streaming video live on Facebook when the tides turned. They probably reconsidered how lucky they were when the gator climbed into their boat. Fortunately, the Gator was able to get out and nobody was hurt!

It was clearly a harrowing experience for Tylor Hindery and the people he was with on the boat. But to get that on Facebook Live… priceless. via fox4now:

 

I have gone on several airboat tours, and they are a lot of fun.. until somebody gets eaten!