Big Davis Creek At Interstate-95, Southeastern Duval County, Florida

    As part of an on-going project to formally document the presence of Pomacea paludosa (Say, 1829) [Florida Applesnail] in northeast Florida, on June 20, 2006 an exploratory visit was made to the south branch of Big Davis Creek where it is intersected by Interstate-95 just north of St. Augustine Road. Previous surveys had confirmed the limited presence of Pomacea paludosa in the creek upstream near Bayard, some 1.17 miles distant, where it is intersected by Philips Highway (Route US-1). The creek flows from east to west under Interstate-95 via a large concrete culvert - the type of structure often used by the snails to deposit their egg clutches. However, upon arrival no evidence of Pomacea was readily apparent. A subsequent more thorough examination of native vegetation just west of the culvert finally revealed a limited number of Pomacea egg clutches. This discovery strongly suggests that a breeding population of Pomacea paludosa is present in Big Davis creek from its headwaters east of Phillips Highway to west of the culvert where it ultimately flows into Julington Creek. No live or dead Pomacea could be located. Also see:  Big Davis Creek Near Bayard.

Big Davis Creek At Interstate-95

Big Davis Creek At Interstate-95

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