Tegu Lizards Are Your Latest Florida Invasive Species
And now, the latest animal threatening to eat all of the things in the Everglades and other parts of the wild, is a particularly jerky thing called an Argentinian tegu lizard.
And, like all the other invasive creatures invading our fine state, these suckers love to eat, screw, and cause havoc.
Like most invasive species, the tegu were brought here as an exotic pet.
And one can totally see why.
They grow four to five feet in length, are covered in black and white speckles, and have sharp claws.
They sound delightful!
And, like most invasive species, they're beginning to escape into the wild and fornicate like the dickens, eating everything in sight. Since they're invasive, they have no known predator. So it's a free-for-all for the tegu.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation has stepped up its efforts to try to contain the tegu as more and more reports of people spotting them have surfaced.
And since no one ever thought someone would bring a tegu to Florida, there are no laws preventing folks from owning one.
Meanwhile, they're threatening to take over the top spot of Biggest Pricks in the Swamp from the Burmese. They love to feast on eggs, attacking alligator nests, owl nests, and baby snakes.
And with them and the pythons running amok in the Florida wilderness, there's no telling how fast and how destructive things are getting.
Tegu's are large, intelligent, and resourceful. They can run fast, swim fast, dig, burrow, and survive almost any temperature.
They're basically The Terminator of invasive species.
They're not aggressive, but they will defend themselves if they feel threatened. Which means biting off a finger if you try to grab one.
For now, the FWC is doing all it can to control the situation.
And it's asking people who spot one to let it know right away. Take a photo of it, note the location, and call an animal trapper immediately.