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Smith, Henry T;Meshaka, Jr, Walter E;Golden, Elizabeth;Cowan, Ernest M
The appearance of the exotic green iguana as road-kills in a restored urban Florida state park: the importance of an 11-year dataset
Journal of Kansas Herpetology
Journal Article
Iguana iguana
We examined 11 years of reptile road-kill data from Cape Florida State Park (CFSP), a vegetatively restored, urban state park in South Florida previously destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. We found eight reptile species dead on park roads, three of which were exotic. The native Southern Black Racer and exotic Green Iguana each comprised 30.4% of the total number of road-killed reptiles. The three exotic reptile species combined accounted for 36.3% of all reptiles recovered in this study. Our findings underscore the threat of shifting exotic species dominance faced by protected lands, such as CFSP, and also the importance of quantifying species abundance in various ways so as to provide the sorts of data necessary to make sound management decisions and evaluate their results.