Did You Know? Invasive Exotic Species - Lake Harding Association

Did You Know? Invasive Exotic Species

Did You Know? Invasive Exotic Species

By Micah Moen 0 Comment March 22, 2020

Florida has a subtropical climate, which
makes it a great place for animals to thrive but some are thriving here that
aren’t supposed to be here. They’re called invasive exotic species,
meaning they invade the space and eat the food of the native species. Which is
not good. For example the Burmese python, an invasive snake found in the
everglades. Eats just about everything and has no natural predators or the lionfish,
which eats eggs of native reef species but there’s no fish that would eat the
lionfish. So they keep growing at population and eating more fish eggs. In
an ecosystem, there’s only a limited amount of resources for the species that
live there. Invasive species come in and they upset that balance and make it so
that the native species don’t always have what they need. They crowd out those
native species. Agencies work every day to rid our environment of these invasive
exotic species before the situation gets out of control.

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