New College of Florida students spent an afternoon tramping through the tall grass and undergrowth of Red Bug Slough Preserve on Wednesday, trying to figure out the best way to flush out monitor lizards and Burmese pythons.
Public sightings of invasive reptiles have increased recently. Meg Lowman,
How to Identify Invasive Reptiles in SW Florida Power Point slideshow compiled by Ecology students at New College of Florida.
Invasive reptiles covered in this guide:
Black Spiny-Tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura similis)
Brown Basilisk (Basiliscus vittatis)
Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus)
Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus or Varanus niloticus ornatus)