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Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program

July 31, 2018

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.

Publication Year 2018
Title Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program
Authors Rebecca G. Harvey, Mike Rochford, Jennifer Ketterlin Eckles, Edward Metzger, Jennifer Nestler, Frank J. Mazzotti
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Index ID 70197742
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center