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Invasive Vertebrate Potpourri: News, Legislation, Products, Resources Extension Wildlife IST Gainesville, FL – 4 Invasive Vertebrate Potpourri: News, Legislation, Products, Resources Extension Wildlife IST Gainesville, FL – 4 May 2010 Dr. Steve A. Johnson Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist Gulf Coast REC and Dept. of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation [email protected] edu

Introduced Vertebrates Birds: ~200 species documented in FL About 15 established and breeding species Introduced Vertebrates Birds: ~200 species documented in FL About 15 established and breeding species Mammals: ~30 species documented in FL About 15 established and breeding species Fish: ~100 species documented in FL About 25 established and breeding species *Reptiles: ~125 species documented in FL At least 40 established and breeding species *Amphibians: ~ 10 species documented in FL Three established and breeding species

Invasive species: Species, including their seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of Invasive species: Species, including their seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that are not native to the ecosystem in which they are found (human mediated movement implied); and whose introduction does or is likely to cause environmental or economic harm, or negatively impact human health or quality of life. National Invasive Species Council http: //www. invasivespecies. gov/

Noteworthy News Noteworthy News

Cold-kills of Introduced Amphibians and Reptiles • Pythons • Non-burrowing Lizards • Brown Anoles Cold-kills of Introduced Amphibians and Reptiles • Pythons • Non-burrowing Lizards • Brown Anoles • Cuban Treefrogs

Another Established Python in Florida? • African Rock Python • Kendall Lakes, Miami • Another Established Python in Florida? • African Rock Python • Kendall Lakes, Miami • 20 individuals documented • Gravid females Hatchling shed skin • Possibly dispersing •

Legislation Updates Legislation Updates

Florida Legislation & FWC Proposed Rules • Current Reptiles of Concern in FL • Florida Legislation & FWC Proposed Rules • Current Reptiles of Concern in FL • Senate Bill 318 / House Bill 709 • Passed by Congress 27 Apr 2010 Burmese Python • Awaiting Signature by Gov. Crist Northern African Rock Python • Prohibits possession, sale, import, or Reticulated Python breeding of current ROCs and conditional or prohibited species (current or future) without FWC permit • Increases penalties/fines for violations Amethystine or Scrub Python Green Anaconda Nile Monitor Lizard Conditional and prohibited vertebrates include piranha, electric eels, sea snakes, and red-eared slider turtles. Florida Congress • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Draft Rules • Proposed rules passed 28 April 2010 • ROCs will become conditional species • Export will be allowed – with conditions • Strict labeling for wildlife shipments

Federal Legislation & USFWS Proposed Rule Species Included US FWS SB 373 HR 2811* Federal Legislation & USFWS Proposed Rule Species Included US FWS SB 373 HR 2811* RISK (USGS) Burmese Python YES YES HIGH Northern African Rock Python YES YES HIGH Southern African Rock Python YES NO HIGH Reticulated Python YES NO MEDIUM Common Boa Constrictor YES NO HIGH Green Anaconda YES NO MEDIUM Yellow Anaconda YES NO HIGH De. Shaunsee’s Anaconda YES NO MEDIUM Beni or Bolivian Anaconda YES NO MEDIUM • Lacey Act – • Injurious wildlife cannot be imported or transported across state lines • Proposed to list several constrictors as injurious: • USFWS • SB 373 / HR 2811* *Originally proposed to list ALL genus Python as injurious • HR 669 - evaluate invasive potential of exotic imports

Public comment period regarding Lacey Act • Comment period ends May 11 • Submit Public comment period regarding Lacey Act • Comment period ends May 11 • Submit comments at • http: //www. regulations. gov/search/Regs/home. html#doc ument. Detail? R=0900006480 abc 25 c

Invasive Species Resources Invasive Species Resources

Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System • Find Species Information • View Distribution Maps Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System • Find Species Information • View Distribution Maps • Report New Sightings http: //www. eddmaps. org/florida/

Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) http: //www. floridainvasives. org/cismas. html Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) http: //www. floridainvasives. org/cismas. html

Invasive Vertebrate Products Dr. Steve A. Johnson Monica E. Mc. Garrity Invasive Vertebrate Products Dr. Steve A. Johnson Monica E. Mc. Garrity

EDIS Fact Sheets • Cuban Treefrog in FL • Treefrog House (CTF Trap) • EDIS Fact Sheets • Cuban Treefrog in FL • Treefrog House (CTF Trap) • Florida’s Introduced Birds • And more coming soon… http: //edis. ifas. ufl. edu/topic_a 23708620

Cuban Treefrog Citizen Scientist Program • Catch Frogs • Identify Frogs • Euthanize Invasive Cuban Treefrog Citizen Scientist Program • Catch Frogs • Identify Frogs • Euthanize Invasive CTFs • Measure Frogs • Submit Data Reports • Watch for Native Frogs! http: //ufwildlife. ifas. ufl. edu/citizen_sci. shtml

The Invader Updater • Quarterly Newsletter • Accompanying Website • Focal Species • News The Invader Updater • Quarterly Newsletter • Accompanying Website • Focal Species • News • Science • Legislation • Innovation • And more… http: //ufwildlife. ifas. ufl. edu/Invader. Updater. shtml

Invasive Reptile Early Detection: Observer Training Module • Learn to: • Scan Safely • Invasive Reptile Early Detection: Observer Training Module • Learn to: • Scan Safely • Identify Invaders • Collect Accurate Data • Submit Reports http: //ufwildlife. ifas. ufl. edu/reptileobserver. shtml

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