Nutria - Myocastor coypus

Nutria are a conditional species in Florida (68-5.002, Florida Administrative Code).

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.


Aquatic species native of South America has been in Florida since at least 1955 and entered the state from fur farms and from some releases for aquatic vegetation control. They have been reported over a wide area of the state at various times, but populations seem ephemeral in most areas. Current distribution in Florida is not known, although the animals are consistently reported from the Tampa Bay area, Hillsborough county.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
ALACHUA     Not reported breeding  
BREVARD     Not reported breeding  
ESCAMBIA     Not reported breeding  
HILLSBOROUGH     At least 10 years  
INDIAN RIVER     Not reported breeding  
JEFFERSON     Not reported breeding  
OKALOOSA     Not reported breeding  
SAINT JOHNS     Not reported breeding  
SANTA ROSA     Not reported breeding  
WALTON     Not reported breeding  

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