Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program

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Edited by: Michael S. Cherkiss

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Abstract

The Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program (EIRAMP) provides a scientific framework for integrated EDRR, outreach, and monitoring for invasive wildlife in South Florida. EIRAMP also monitors native reptiles, amphibians and mammals to assess impacts of invasive species. South Florida has more nonnative species of reptiles and amphibians than anywhere else in the world. Some of these species become invasive and harm the environment, economy, and/or public health. Many are predators that can severely impact native species and ecosystems. Controlling and monitoring these invaders are essential to the success of multi-billion dollar Everglades restoration efforts. Prevention and eradication are the most cost-effective ways to limit impacts of invasive species (see Figure 1). Once populations are widely established, management becomes expensive, long-term, and often ineffective. Early detection and rapid response (EDRR) offers the best chance to get ahead of the invasion curve and successfully contain or eradicate populations while they are still localized.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Title Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher University of Florida/ Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Title University of Florida/ Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Factsheet
Country United States
State Florida
Other Geospatial Everglades