Exotic creatures endanger the environment in Florida

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Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill talks to John Zarrella.

The U.S. state of Florida is being invaded by intruders that come in all shapes and sizes.  They walk on land, fly and swim in the water. These non-native animals are destroying and reshaping the state’s ecosystem.

And, as Correspondent John Zarrella found out, they are nearly impossible to get rid of.
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Exotic creatures endanger the environment in Florida

Exotic creatures endanger the environment in Florida

The U.S. state of Florida is being invaded by intruders that come in all shapes and sizes. They walk on land, fly and swim in the water. These non-native animals are destroying and reshaping the state's ecosystem. And, as Correspondent John Zarrella found out, they are nearly impossible to get rid of. John speaks to Ron Magill from Zoo Miami and members of the state’s Department of Agriculture who introduce him to some of these exotic animals. Many were brought to the state as pets and later…let loose. Now they’ve become a menace to other species and the environment. They include giant pythons, toxic toads and slimy snails.

John speaks to Ron Magill from Zoo Miami and members of the state’s Department of Agriculture who introduce him to some of these exotic animals.

Many were brought to the state as pets and later…let loose. Now they’ve become a menace to other species and the environment. They include giant pythons, toxic toads and slimy snails.

Watch John Zarrella get up close and personal with some of these invasive species whose presence in Florida is getting out of control.