Bermuda overrun by aggressive Cuban immigrants

The aggressor: pushy and uppity Cuban refugee

Watch out, Bermuda!  You might soon become the new Miami.

The Cubans taking over Bermuda might be reptiles, but they are behaving just like their human counterparts.

Pushy, aggressive, uppity…. These critters are claiming Bermuda as their own and threatening the survival of native species.

Experts marvel at one of their chief Cuban traits:  they are “highly adaptive, settling in wherever they find themselves.”

Next thing you know, some of them will be running for president.

And you can also be sure of one thing: you won’t catch any of the first-generation immigrants wearing Bermuda shorts.

“Real men always wear long trousers.”  Pantalones, siempre, siempre, aunque haga un calor de madre y el sol raje las piedras.

The victim: critically endangered Bermuda skink

Invasive Cuban Lizard Settling Down in Bermuda

It could be trouble ahead for the critically endangered Bermuda skink, a lizard that may soon have to share its turf with the non-native, invasive Cuban brown anole.

The Cuban lizard was first observed on the island by Florida International University PhD student James Stroud, during a two-year survey of Bermuda’s lizard populations.

“The Cuban brown anole most likely reached Bermuda by human transport,” Stroud told FIU News. “These lizards hitch rides between ports as unintended stowaways amongst cargo, usually in nursery plants and building materials.”

For its part, the Bermuda skink is the only lizard native to the island and is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) “Red List” of threatened species. It has lost homes to habitat destruction and has to dodge predators such as cats.

The present problem for the skink is that Cuban anoles have shown themselves to be highly adaptive, settling in wherever they find themselves — comfortable making do in natural or manmade habitats and able to eat a variety of prey. They spread quickly and tend to crowd out resources, such as habitat and food, normally reserved for native species.

A bit of good news for the skink is that the two lizards’ ranges have not yet collided.

Read the whole alarming report HERE.