When he was the weekly humor columnist for the Miami Herald, Dave Barry found the area’s weirdness a fertile source of material, writing about the venomous snakes and other wildlife that he would find in his backyard. One can only imagine what he would have done with the reccent news that three human-eating crocodiles that are native to the Nile river in Egypt have now been found in that state.
The Nile roots of these animals were confirmed by DNA tests and do not match the ones found in zoos.. Unlike the ones that are native to Florida, this species also preys on humans in addition to shrimp, fish, insects, birds and larger mammals and can grow up to six meters in length. The discovery of three suggests that many more exist in the wild. This is in addition to the Burmese pythons that have now become an established population and are estimated to number about 30,000. These pythons are wreaking havoc with the native wildlife.
How these foreign species entered Florida in the first place is unclear. Speculation is that unlicensed dealers brought them in secretly and then they were accidentally or deliberately released into the wild.
Florida has long been the place that elderly retirees from the north who can afford it move to because of the warm weather. I am not sure how much this news will deter future retirees.