Alligators, black bears and panthers, oh my! They're the Holy Grail of Everglades wildlife watchers. But Captain Al Cruz and the staff of Miami-Dade's Venom Response team have their sights trained on critters of the invasive kind. Think Burmese Pythons, African Rock Pythons, Nile Monitor lizards and most recently, the Tegu Lizard, which preys on small small ground mammals and their eggs.
This scene unfolded while I was munching a gator taco at Gator Grill on the road into the Arnold Coe entrance of Everglades National Park. Despite their hyped-up reputation, Tegus mostly eat and sun themselves, and don't attack unless cornered.