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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida Ivory Millipede (Chicobolus spinigerus)

Florida Ivory Millipede (Chicobolus spinigerus) is detritivores, breaking down both dead plant and animal matter returning the nutrients to the soil. They are harmless so if you find them inside, just move them back outside where they can do some good.

They are sometimes raised as pets, apparently they have a lifespan of up to 10 years. This guy (gal?) was walking across the patio at night. They are mostly nocturnal.

Millipedes are eaten by frogs, lizards, some beetles, some birds and their main predator, the shrew.

Learn: http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/north_american_millipede.htm

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cuban Treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) **INVASIVE SPECIES**

There is no denying they can be cute from a distance, but up close they are slimy and messy and can produce allergic reactions in people.

A BIG invader which is threatening Florida’s ecosystems as they eat and out compete our native species of treefrogs. They hide in dark places and can short circuit electric lights or your water softening system threatening your pocketbook.

They are back! and because of the lack of a hard freeze this year (in these parts), the numbers are on the rise. I already caught three in the last three days and I’ve seen a couple more that I couldn’t reach. Those caught are in the freezer awaiting trash pickup.

If you find them, euthanize them using the methods suggested by the University of Florida.

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW259

Here’s a photo from 2009 when they invaded my bird houses. Cute, but they have to go!

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