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ENC1101 - Professor Lewis

This guide will focus on the Invasive Species of Florida

Invasive Species of Florida

Invasive Species of Florida. Top: L to R -  Lionfish, Melaleuca tree. Bottom: L to R - Skunkvine, Burmese Python

Invasive species are animals, plants, and other living things that spread rapidly in new environments where there are few or no natural controls on their growth. People often transport many species from one region to another. Only a small portion of these introduced species become invasive, however, invasive pests can cause great environmental damage. They crowd out native species, putting them at risk of extinction. They also cause billions of dollars in damage each year to agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and public health.