Brown Basilisks in Florida
map of global shipping routes illustrating interconnectedness of continents. Transport is the first stage of biological invasion of nonnative species. Part of figure 3 in The Stages of Invasion: How Does a Nonnative Species Transition to an Invader?
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Gioeli, Kenneth T., Steve A. Johnson, and Amanda Thompson. 2022. “Brown Basilisks in Florida: WEC-452/UW497, 8/2022”. EDIS 2022 (4).


This publication presents information about the nonnative lizard Basiliscus vittatus (brown basilisk) in Florida. It contains information about brown basilisk identification, natural history, and distribution in Florida. The intended audience includes homeowners and land managers primarily in central and south Florida.
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