Thursday, October 15, 2009

Alien snakes invading the US

National Geographic reports that alien (as in non-native) snakes threaten to invade the lowest third of the US according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Alien Giant Snakes Threaten to Invade Up to 1/3 of U.S.

Nine species of giant snakes—none of them native to North America and all popular pets among reptile lovers—could wreak havoc on U.S. ecosystems if the snakes become established in the wild, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) (pictures of giant snakes mentioned in the study).

These snakes come to the US as pets, but when they became too hard to maintain, their owners let them out in the free, allowing them to breed.

I cannot fathom why people can't get into their thick heads that releasing non-native animals into the wild is a horribly bad idea. Australia has many prime examples of this, but it's not like the US doesn't have similar examples, e.g. the European starlings.

If you cannot take care of your non-native animal, make sure to get someone else to take it off you, or have it put down. The last suggestion might sound rough, but it's much better than creating havoc in the local ecosystem.

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Blogger Sqrt(D) said...

Releasing your pets into the wild is never a good idea. Sometimes non-native species can cause huge environmental problems. It's not a good idea even if they don't destroy the environment. Abandoning a chinchilla into the wild in the US is dooming it to a death of heatstroke for around half of the year; better to find a new home or have them put down.

October 17, 2009 5:45 PM  

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