New Smartphone App IDs Florida Reptiles

The term "there's an app for that" may be a cliche, but it's a true one. There is seemingly an iPhone application for every conceivable situation. Confronted by a monster snake while stuck in the middle of the Florida Everglades? Yes, there is an app for that. It may not save you from being swallowed, but at least (if you're fast enough with your thumbs) allow you to know exactly what species of giant snake is consuming you.

From this story in the Palm Beach Post:

_Having trouble telling the difference between a Burmese python and a Ball python? There's an app for that. The recently released IveGot1 app is a field identification guide to help identify some of the biggest, nastiest reptiles slithering around South Florida. "I wouldn't have believed years ago, when I started doing this, that the public would be engaged like this," said Dan Thayer, director of Vegetation and Land Management and invasive species expert at the South Florida Water Management District. "This is an incredibly valuable tool."

__The app was created by researchers at the University of Georgia's Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, working with a team of state and federal environmental agencies, including the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. For now the app provides information on 15 reptiles in South Florida but the hope is more species will be added and for the list to be regularly updated. The app is free and available to iPhone 4.0 users. By the end of the year, the app will be compatible with the iPhone 3.0 system and there are plans to add apps for the Droid and Blackberry. Besides photos, the app includes information about length, body characteristics, pattern, status (native/non-native/invasive), visual identification tips of the head and where the reptile has been spotted in South Florida._