Tegu Invasion: Florida’s Nesting Reptiles At Risk
A recent invasion of Argentine Tegu’s (black and white tegu) may pose a threat to Florida’s native crocodiles, turtles, alligators and more. An article from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida says the Tegu’s are being found in areas populated by threatened species.
Researchers from Miami-Dade county set up cameras on an alligator and crocodile nest in areas where Tegu’s had reportidly been seen. The researchers kept tabs on the nests by checking the cameras over the course of several months. Their cameras successfully captures one Tegu at the crocodile’s nest. Despite the tegu finding the croc’s nest, all eggs hatched. However, the Alligator’s nest wasn’t so lucky! Two tegu’s were caught snatching 1 to 2 eggs per day until the nest was empty.
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