February 27-March 3, 2017 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Brown Anole (Anolis spp. likely sagrei)
This guy (and yes, it is a male) was either fighting mad, or madly in love with me as evidence of the display of the colorful dewlap.
Native to Cuba/Bahamas.
While good at helping keep pest insect populations in check, this non-native threatens our Florida native green anoles by taking over habitat and eating juveniles.
Anolis sagrei was the Focal Species in the Winter 2011 issue of The Invader Updater: Invasive species news for busy Extension professionals., a newsletter produced by: University of Florida Dept. of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Dr. Steve A. Johnson, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist and Monica E. McGarrity, Johnson Lab Outreach Coordinator.