The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum

Go Back   The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum > REGIONAL BOATING & FISHING GROUPS > Florida & Georgia
Search

Notices

Random Quote: I heard about it, therefore I must have it
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-22-2012, 07:51 AM
  #21    
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Dover, Fl (basically Tampa)
Posts: 549
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Danny33486 View Post
This picture was taken yesterday in Parking Garage that is off Hillsboro and 95- back by the Hillsboro canal .. It is a Komodo Dragon / Monitor Lizard - they bite - eat flesh, run 25 MPH, and swim. They approached it and it ran off - The FWC site says they have been spotted in Broward but are not thought to be breading - but they are breading in Collier and Lee county

This would easily kill my little dog (Chihuahua terrine mix ) and my 14 year old big dog as well....
Full grown nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus). There are a limited number of komodo dragons in the US, all of which are on something called a studbook (a guide for zoos and facilities to keep track of this highly regulated animal). Last I looked at the studbook there are around 80-90 Komodos in the US all of which are in zoos or organized facilities. there are a large amount and variety of monitors which is the whole group....komodos fall inside this group. Nile monitors have establised a residence in s. fla on the west coast, but as of recent, FWCC has found small populations spreading into the Miami Dade area. This is definitely not good. Thoguh I don't usually condone random killing, these guys are VERY dangerous. I am no lawyer, but to make sure you guys are aware of some of the rules....You cannot shoot, destroy, or harass any animal on state land (ie: everlgades, etc.) EVEN IF ITS an INVASIVE. Now is that animal is in your yard, then I say call the cops or if you are capable then do what is needed. I've handled many monitors, including 8 ft komodos, Niles, Water, savannah monitors, etc. and Niles have to be one of the most agressive. Be careful as a bite from them can be detrimental and cause serious long term effects. Also their nails/claws and tails are formidable weapons as well.

If you are in the Tampa area and have a reptilian problem, please feel free to call or e-mail me and I'll be happy to come over and help rather than having someone kill an animal they're not knowledgeable on.
__________________
2006 Proline 25 w/ 275 verado
2007 F150 Lariat 4x4
2004 Proline 25cc Honda 225 - SOLD!
2008 F250 SOLD!

1999 Angler 180 SOLD!

Here's to a Good life, great wife, and an awesome dog (and now a baby, another dog, and a cat as well)....what more could I ask for!
Mikestyger1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 07:54 AM
  #22    
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Dover, Fl (basically Tampa)
Posts: 549
Default

At work with one of our Crocodile monitors



__________________
2006 Proline 25 w/ 275 verado
2007 F150 Lariat 4x4
2004 Proline 25cc Honda 225 - SOLD!
2008 F250 SOLD!

1999 Angler 180 SOLD!

Here's to a Good life, great wife, and an awesome dog (and now a baby, another dog, and a cat as well)....what more could I ask for!
Mikestyger1 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 10-22-2012, 08:02 AM
  #23    
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Indian Harbour Beach, FL
Posts: 8,128
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikestyger1 View Post
Full grown nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus). There are a limited number of komodo dragons in the US, all of which are on something called a studbook (a guide for zoos and facilities to keep track of this highly regulated animal). Last I looked at the studbook there are around 80-90 Komodos in the US all of which are in zoos or organized facilities. there are a large amount and variety of monitors which is the whole group....komodos fall inside this group. Nile monitors have establised a residence in s. fla on the west coast, but as of recent, FWCC has found small populations spreading into the Miami Dade area. This is definitely not good. Thoguh I don't usually condone random killing, these guys are VERY dangerous. I am no lawyer, but to make sure you guys are aware of some of the rules....You cannot shoot, destroy, or harass any animal on state land (ie: everlgades, etc.) EVEN IF ITS an INVASIVE. Now is that animal is in your yard, then I say call the cops or if you are capable then do what is needed. I've handled many monitors, including 8 ft komodos, Niles, Water, savannah monitors, etc. and Niles have to be one of the most agressive. Be careful as a bite from them can be detrimental and cause serious long term effects. Also their nails/claws and tails are formidable weapons as well.

If you are in the Tampa area and have a reptilian problem, please feel free to call or e-mail me and I'll be happy to come over and help rather than having someone kill an animal they're not knowledgeable on.

Great Info! Thanks - They have not seen the Monitor again and it has been about 3 weeks I think - there is a large canal behind the garage and some wooded areas so I am sure it is in there someplace.
__________________
Bluewater 2150 200 E-TEC
Danny33486 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 08:30 AM
  #24    
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Posts: 1,159
Default

Agree that was very informative. Do these Monitor lizards have any natural predators in our area of Florida? I assume that it's too cold in the winter for them to migrate very far north of South Florida, but what predators exist to regulate the population here? Other than high speed lead therapy?
__________________
Carpe Diem
01 Tiara 2900 Coronet

http://www.inletpics.com
djcxxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 08:35 AM
  #25    
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Indian Harbour Beach, FL
Posts: 8,128
Default

Other than a Gator I cant imagine any animal in East Deerfield Beach or Boca Raton that could take this animal on....maybe a pit bull? ( kidding) - I normally don't say horrible things like this but I hope we get a freezing cold winter to kill the strange lizards, white files, ticks, and now monitor lizards everywhere
__________________
Bluewater 2150 200 E-TEC
Danny33486 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 09:50 AM
  #26    
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Posts: 1,159
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Danny33486 View Post
Other than a Gator I cant imagine any animal in East Deerfield Beach or Boca Raton that could take this animal on....maybe a pit bull? ( kidding) - I normally don't say horrible things like this but I hope we get a freezing cold winter to kill the strange lizards, white files, ticks, and now monitor lizards everywhere
I agree with you. Remember the news story of the guy w/ a bunch of iguanas in the truck, thought they were dead until they got a little warmer? I'm fed up w/ these animals that don't belong in our ecosystem.
__________________
Carpe Diem
01 Tiara 2900 Coronet

http://www.inletpics.com
djcxxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 11:35 AM
  #27    
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Dover, Fl (basically Tampa)
Posts: 549
Default

As far as local predators you're looking at only gators as a possibilty for an adult nile. Juvenilles and babies can be picked off by anything from racoons to bass to birds of prey and other nile monitors. You guys are right about the cold weather. The freezing cold will deter them from heading too much further north, but they can handle cold weather. They are most likely going to find a shed, barn, etc or dig a burrow (possibly use gopher torts burrows) to keep their body temp up. I find it unlikely that they will ever get to central florida, but stranger things have happened.
Also in your area be careful of tegus. I helped with a project earlier this year and caught quite a few tegus. They don't get as large as niles, but they are nasty. Fast, bad bite, and bad claws, make them like a smaller nile monitor. I half wish I lived in S. Fla to go catch these things, but I make my way down there a few times a year to do some herp trips like this. If you're interested you can view my post on here a while back with some reptile pics....

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...-wildlife.html



And just as an FYI: FWCC and many of the universities are doing projects to eradicate or control populations of invasives, but it's not as easy as just going out an killing them. You may have 10 in the bush for every one you see. I've done small projects with Universities and the state and they are on the right track, but it's a long process that isn't going to get better overnight.
__________________
2006 Proline 25 w/ 275 verado
2007 F150 Lariat 4x4
2004 Proline 25cc Honda 225 - SOLD!
2008 F250 SOLD!

1999 Angler 180 SOLD!

Here's to a Good life, great wife, and an awesome dog (and now a baby, another dog, and a cat as well)....what more could I ask for!
Mikestyger1 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 



©2009 TheHullTruth.com

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0