Top 10 Invasive Species in Georgia

Cane Toad:Cane toads usually measure between 4 and 6 inches long but can reach 9 inches long. They feature dry, warty skin that can appear gray, olive or reddish-brown, or yellow.

Chinese Tallowtree:Chinese tallowtree grows waxy, heart-shaped green leaves. In autumn, the leaves turn bright orange, yellow, red, and purple.

Brown Anole:The brown anole also goes by the name the Cuban brown anole or De la Sagra’s anole. As its alternate name implies, this small lizard originally hails from Cuba as well as the Bahamas.

European Starling:The European starling or common starling originally hails from Europe. This small passerine songbird ranks as one of the most successful invasive species in Georgia and North America generally. 

Spongy Moth:Spongy moths lay their eggs on the branches and trunks of trees. The larvae measure around 3 millimeters long when they hatch and appear black with long hair-like setae. 

Lionfish:The term lionfish refers to fish in the genus Pterois. These venomous marine fish are originally native to the Indo-Pacific.

Fallow Deer:Male fallow deer measure 55 to 63 inches long and weigh from 130 to 220 pounds. Meanwhile, females measure 51 to 59 inches long and weigh from 66 to 110 pounds. 

Argentine Black and White Tegu:The Argentine black and white tegu ranks as the largest species of tegu lizard. Found throughout eastern and central South America.

Japanese Stiltgrass:Japanese stiltgrass can grow up to 3.3 feet. In terms of appearance, it looks similar to native Virginia cutgrass. 

Tree of Heaven:Tree of heaven can grow between 50 and 90 feet tall and live more than 50 years. It features smooth, light gray bark and grows large, pinnately compound leaves. 

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