Sometimes wildlife and vegetation from other areas of the United States and the world find their way into the Everglades. We call these nonnative species.
Nonnative means it came from another area or country. It did not get to Florida without help.
These species have ended up in the Everglades through various means. Some were former pets released into this ecosystem! That is why it is important to be an educated and responsible pet owner.
One common nonnative species you might find here is the brown or Cuban anole.
The brown anole is a problem species. It is making it much harder for the green anole to find food, shelter, water and space.
You can identify the brown anole by the strip down its back (see picture).
Last updated: April 14, 2015